Catoosa Gym/Auditorium – Catoosa

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Address:  East Oak and South Bluff Streets in Catoosa, Oklahoma 040, ‘R.ogers County 131 County:  Rogers
Started:   Completed:  1938

Current Usage:

Description:

This gymnasium/auditorium is a single-story, rectangular (135′ x 88′) structure constructed of brick. Its masonry is running bond. The roof is flat with parapets. The entrance is of an art deco flavor with pilasters. The building has since been painted red. The windows have partial wood inserts and more energy-efficient windows have been inserted as well. The alterations do not impeach the integrity of the building.
As a \VPA project, the construction of this gymnasium provided work for destitute laborers. In March of 1938, the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners stated that construction of the gym “benefitted merchants and enhanced property values” in the area. It enabled the WPA to infuse wages of some 99,100 man-hours of labor into Catoosa’s economy. The gymnasium/auditorium is unique in terms of type, style, and scale. The structure also enhanced recreational opportunities in the area.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Rogers County – Catoosa Gym/Auditorium

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