A while back, I was paging through the Wisconsin Magazine of History and stumbled upon a great article about the murals located in Kohler Co.’s Main Office lobby.
The author of the article, Bobbie Malone, became interested in the murals when she was researching a favorite children’s author of hers, Lois Lenski. In her research, she discovered that Lenski was married to the famous muralist Arthur Covey. In 1923, Walter J. Kohler commissioned Arthur Sinclair Covey to create paintings depicting the labors of foundry workers at Kohler Co. The seven, colorful murals — installed in July of 1925 — have been the focal point of the lobby ever since.
The two large panels Pouring a Mold and Tapping a Cupola, are inscribed with the words “He Who Toils Here Hath Set His Mark” and another panel is inscribed with the phrase “To The Men/Whose Cooperation Has Made This Organization/This Hall Is Dedicated.”
Covey was awarded a gold medal by the Architectural League of New York at the International Exposition of Architecture and the Allied Arts for the two larger panels. If you are ever in Kohler, WI, stop and check out the murals. The Main Office is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8 to 5.