Murals

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Branch Brook School for Crippled Children, Newark, NJ, 1937.

Matzal undertook two murals under the Federal Art Project, a Depression era WPA program for artists. The first of these was for the Branch Brook School; it depicted scenes from children’s fairy tales:

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Jersey City Free Public Library, Bergen Branch, 1939.

The second WPA mural was for the Jersey City Library; it depicted scenes from the writings of Longfellow, Washington Irving, and Mark Twain. The photo below shows rough sketches and the master plan for this mural:

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Stacy-Trent Hotel, Trenton, 1948-1949.

Matzal executed four large panels for the Holiday Room of the Stacy-Trent. They depicted the “holidays as they are celebrated in the capitals of the world.”

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The Roost Restaurant, Newark, 1950.

These were two foxhunting scenes. The mural over the bar depicted Henry VIII and Jane Seymour with a hunting group. The mural in the dining room presented the picnic after the hunt. Prior to its closing, the restaurant was also known as Neil’s Roost.

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Other Murals

In the 1930s Matzal executed decorative frescoes for the Branford Restaurant in Newark. In subsequent years he completed murals for the Clipper Ship Restaurant, Newark, and also for restaurants in East Hanover, NJ, and Suffern, NY.