Wann Gym/Auditorium – Wann

Address: Wann, OklahomaCounty: Nowata
Started: Completed: 1939

Current Usage:


This single-story, rectangular (80′ x 75′) structure was constructed of cut, coarsed, and rusticated native stone. The roof is flat with parapets. In the front, an entry is in each corner framed with pilasters that give the structure an art deco flavor. Pilaster strips are on the walls, and the windows have arched lentils and brick sills. Some windows are filled with concrete blocks. There is an addition on the east side of the building. The building has been painted a pinkish color. These alterations, however, do not impeach the integrity of the building.ยท
The gym is unique particularly in style and scale. Few buildings in Wann are comparable in scale. The workmanship is of exceptional quality. During the depression, construction of this building provided help to those in need by allowing idle but willing laborers to earn a living and increased morale in the city of Wann. It also enabled the WPA to infuse wages of some 23,000 man-hours of labor into the local economy. The structure’s educational importance is still being felt.[1]

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Lots l through 16 in Block 9, Wann original.


  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Nowata County – Wann Gym & Auditorium


1 Comment


    My uncle Kelso Witzel worked on this project. My grandfather was a barber in Wann. I also attended Wann school.

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