Bokoshe School Gym/Auditorium – Bokoshe

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Address:  Unmarked Streets, Bokoshe, Oklahoma 040, Leflore County 079 County:  Leflore
Started:   Completed:  1939

Current Usage:

Description:

The Bokoshe gym and auditorium is a one story, rectangular (60′ x 97′) structure constructed of untooled and uncoursed native stone of different colors. The roof is arched with parapets. Slightly extended, the entry facade contains double doors in arches. Sadly, windows have been enclosed with concrete blocks or native stone, a garage door appears to have been cut into the west end, and a lean-to concrete block addition has been attached on the east side. Despite all of this, the building retains its architectural integrity, easily restorable to its original condition.
Significantly, construction of the gym/auditorium saved unskilled and unemployed laborers in the Bokoshe area from virtual starvation by providing jobs at a time during the depression when none existed. Also it fostered a sense of identity and pride not widely known in the region previously by providing space for school and community activities, especially basketball. As a WPA building, the structure is notable for its scale and bright colored rock. Within the community it is unique architecturally because of its type, style, scale, materials and workmanship.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Lots 29, 30, 31 and 32, Block 34, Bissell Addition to Bokoshe original

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Leflore County – Bokoshe School Gym/Auditorium

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