The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City was painted at the school by renowned Mexican artist
Diego Rivera in 1931.

Resources and Other Locations

SFAI's library archives contain a great deal of original material about the mural and were the main source for much of the information contained in this history. The location of the preliminary studies for the mural is unknown and SFAI welcomes any information regarding their whereabouts. Please call 415.749.4559.

Location of Three Other Diego Rivera Murals in the Bay Area

1. The Allegory of California
San Francisco City Club (formerly the Stock Exchange)
310 Pine Street

The mural is open for public viewing Monday–Friday from 8–10:30 am and 3–4 pm. It is suggested that you call ahead to confirm: 415.362.2480

A symbolic depiction of the state's abundant agricultural and mineral resources, the work encompasses important historical figures such as James Marshall, whose 1849 discovery unwittingly launched the state's gold rush; Luther Burbank, an innovative horticulturist; and tennis star Helen Wills Moody.

2. Pan American Unity
Diego Rivera Theater, City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue

Call 415.239.3100 or visit

Commissioned for the Pan-American Exhibition's Art in Action program in 1940, the mural features a powerful goddess—half native-American, half machine—fusing Mexican antiquity with California industry.

3. Still Life and Blossoming Almond Trees
Stern Hall, University of California, Berkeley campus

Call 510.642.1726

The vibrant fresco, originally executed during Rivera and Kahlo's extended stay at Rosalie Stern's Atherton home, shows fieldhands working in an almond grove, while in the foreground Stern's grandchildren literally enjoy the fruits of the workers' labor.