Blue Bell School – Sapulpa (Vic)

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Address:  Vicinity of Sapulpa, Oklahoma 040, Creek County 037; NW 1/4-, Sec. 35, Tl5N, RlOE  County  Creek
Started:  1937 Completed  1938

Current Usage

Personal Residence

Description:

This rectangular (72′ x 55′) school has four rooms and is constructed of cut, coursed, and rusticated native stone of buff color. The roof is gabled with a center gable containing a lunnette window. The entry is recessed behind an archway. The sills are concrete. There is a stone fence with an arch in the middle in front of the school. The windows, which reach to the eaves, have been covered with boards and smaller energey-efficient windows have been inserted. An additional building is on the east side as well, all of which impeachs the integrity of the building.
The construction of this school created a new environment conducive to learning in this rural and remote area. Also, unskilled laborers out of work were given an opportunity to do useful work and gain some economic security. The school is also unique in this area in terms of style, type, materials, and workmanship.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Go west of Sapulpa on state highway No. 33 some 6 1/4- miles and north on county road one-half mile to the school site, it being on property that begins at the SW corner of the ‘J’V 1 /4- of Sec. 35, T 18 N, R 10 E and goes 4-16 feet north, 208 feet east, 4-16 feet south and 208 feet south and 208 feet west.

This former WPA school in what was then the community of Blue Bell (no longer extant) was restored as a private residence in the 1990s. The school closed in the 1960s when the Blue Bell school district merged with Kellyville.[2]

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. The Living New Deal – https://livingnewdeal.org/projects/blue-bell-school-former-sapulpa-ok/
  3. http://newsok.com/article/2698787

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Creek County – Blue Bell School

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