Address: Vicinity of Hartshorne, Oklahoma County: Pittsburg
Started: Completed: 1936
Agencies:WPANRHP:September 8, 1988

Current Usage:


The classic one-room building, the New State school is a single story, rectangular (26′ x 34′) structure constructed of rusticated and coursed native sandstone. The roof is gabled and covered with sheet metal; the east front sash window on cut stone sills reach to the eaves; the front door is recessed behind an archway. On the east a sheet metal, lean-to garage has been added. Despite the addition, the integrity of the building has not been impaired.
The school building is significant because construction of it provided work opportunities for unskilled and unemployed laborers in a very remote area where the effects of drought and agricultural depression and put many on the state relief rolls. For the youngsters in the isloated area, the building meant a chance at a relatively modern education. Previously any formal learning was haphazard. Architecturally the building is unique in the community because of its type, style, scale, materials and workmanship. The fact that the New State school building is one of few WPA-constructed one-room school houses that survives also makes it significant.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: From U.S. highway No. 270 in Hartshorne, follow the paved county road south by the city lake; two miles beyond the lake bear south at the Y toward Counts. Approximately six miles beyond the Y, or at the first right turn, turn west one-fourth of a mile, then back to the north one-half of a mile. The property begins at a point 209 feet south of the NE corner of the SW 1/4 of Sec. 15, T 3 N, R 16 E, and runs west 209 feet, south 209 feet, east 209 feet and north 209 feet.


  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Pittsburg County – New State School