Where are the Longmont, Colorado Post Office Relief Panels?

Welcome to the Estate of Arnold Rönnebeck blog.  It isn’t really a blog per se, simply a place where we will post periodically with historic information related to the work and life of Arnold Rönnebeck.  We hope to add context to his work, or perhaps, just tell some interesting stories.  Sometimes a photo caption just isn’t enough.

Let’s get started.

One day, we hope to create a page entitled “Lost and Found”.  However, for the moment, we’re going to have to settle for “Lost”.

Below are photos of Arnold Rönnebeck’s Ways of the Mail, created for the Treasury Section of Fine Arts in 1936-1937.  All three relief panels for the Longmont, Colorado Post Office are currently missing.  Do you know where they are?

The August 15, 1936 contract states that one section is 2’5″ wide x 2’6″ high and two sections are 2’6″wide  x 2′ high consisting of three (3) panels totaling approximately 7’7″.

Miraculously, the building at 501 5th Avenue, Longmont, Colorado, is still there and was designated a historical landmark 1988. It is assumed, but not known for sure, that when the USPS moved out of the building in 1977 the relief panels were put in storage and subsequently lost. They could be gathering dust in a basement or a storage facility.  One or all of them could have been dropped or damaged in the moving process.  Nobody knows.

While Louise Ronnebeck was extremely active participating in at least sixteen mural competitions, as far as we know, Longmont is the only competition in which Arnold participated.  Per a letter dated October 26, 1937, Rönnebeck stated: The three parts of the panel represent symbolically the ‘Ways of the Mail’ in the early years of Colorado territory and today.”  He was paid $690 by the U.S. Treasury Department of Painting and Sculpture in 1937 for completion of this work.

If you know where one or more of these panels are, please contact us and we will put you in touch with the proper authorities.  If they still exist, it would be nice if they could be displayed for the public’s enjoyment, as they were meant to be.