|Address:||Fox and Frey Streets, Coalgate, Oklahoma 040, Coal County 029||County:||Coal|
The Coalgate gym and auditorium is a single story, rectangular (91′ x 59′) structure constructed of rusticated and roughly coursed native sandstone. The masonry is rather crude. The roof, covered now with composition shingles, is gabled; the entryways are recessed behind facades with arches and parapets. Pilasters on front and rear walls give visual relief. Window openings have been reduced in size with wood inserts and energy efficient metal windows installed. On the northwest corner a lean-to metal structure has been attached, but it in no way destroys the architectural integrity of the building.
The gym/auditorium is significant because its construction gave work to unemployed coal miners on relief in the Coalgate area. Then as now, it provided space for school and community activities, especially basketball competition, which fostered a sense of identity and pride not widely known in the region beforehand. Architecturally the gym/auditorium is unique in the community because of its type, style, scale, materials and workmanship. Moreover, it is one of three extant WP A structures in the entire county.
VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Lot 10, Block 133, Coalgate original