Blanco School – Pittsburg (Vic)

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Address:  Vicinity of Pittsburg, Oklahoma 040, Pittsburg County 121; Sec. 7, T 3 N, R 15 E County:  Pittsburg
Started:   Completed:  1940

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Description:

A four room building, the Blanco school is a single story, rectangular (45′ x 76′) structure constructed of rusticated and coursed native sandstone. Covered with composition shingles, the hipped roof has a gable dormer without lights, as well as a tent-like bell tower, above the centrally placed front entry. The front and side entries are recessed with archways. Wood sash on concrete sills windows reach to the eaves.
Architecturally the building is unique in the Blanco community because of its type, Richardsonian style, scale, materials and quality of workmanship. It is significant too because it represented the genesis of modern education in the region, replacing a dilapidated structure, and is still being used for educational purposes in the form that it was first constructed. The facility is also notable because construction of it helped to alleviate some of the consequences of the depression in the coal mining community of Blanco, providing work and a measure of economic security for laborers long unemployed and on state relief roles.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Follow state highway No. 63 northwest from Pittsburg to the community of Blanco, turning south on the county road intersecting at that point and proceeding for one-fourth mile to the building on the east side of the road. The property begins in the SW corner of the north 18.28 acres of Lot 2 of Sec. 7, T 3 N, R 15 E, then goes north 330.7 feet, east 261.9 feet, south 330.7 feet, and west 261.9 feet.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Pittsburg County – Blanco School

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