Occupying one full side of the building at 1633 P Street NW is a painting depicting characters and more from the Wizard of Oz. This is a graffiti type wall painting that stretches from the front of the building to the back on the side that faces Stead Recreation Center. Actually the wall painting provides a boundary at one side of a basketball court.
From the image it may look as though part of the painting is missing, but it isn’t. The painting uses all of the space that is available on the east facing side of the building. The front of the building is at the left edge of the painting, and the painting occupies the entire two stories at that point. The rear of the building is one story, and again the painting uses all available space.
The Wicked Witch of the West (portrayed in the movie by Margret Hamilton) is on the far left end of the painting and flying on a broomstick. Further to the right are the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy Gale and Toto (portrayed in the movie by Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Judy Garland and Terry, a black Cairn Terrier). Above that group is one of the flying monkeys.
Toward the center of the painting is Emerald City. And just beyond that is the Scarecrow (portrayed in the movie by Ray Bolger) and another flying monkey.
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The Wizard of Oz Wall Painting is on the side of 1633 P Street NW, Washington, DC and is visible from Stead Recreation Center which is located at 1625 P Street NW. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of Location of Wizard of Oz wall painting.
Closest Metro Station: The Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line is nearest to Stead Recreation Center.