Colbert School Gym/Auditorium – Colbert

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Address:  Snider and Collins Streets, Colbert, Oklahoma 040, Bryan County 013; Sec. 18, T 8 S, R 8 E  County:  Bryan
Started: 1937 Completed:  1939

Current Usage:

Description:

The Colbert gym and auditorium is a single story, rectangular (74′ x 102′) structure constructed of poured concrete and painted white. The roof is arched with parapets; pilasters decorate the walls. Pilasters and vertical incising give the structure an art deco flavor. A concrete block/brick addition of 51′ x 74′ has been added to the front of the building. Since the addition required no structural changes in the gym, it retains its architectural integrity.
As a WPA building, the Colbert gym is notable in its poured concrete construction materials and its art deco style. Within the community it is unique architecturally because of its type, style, scale, materials and workmanship. Most significant is that construction of it provided work opportunities for destitute laborers in the Colbert area where none existed in the private sector and that it provided a place for school and community-wide activities, especially basketball competition. The latter fostered a sense of identity and pride not widely known in the region beforehand.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: From a point 150 feet south of the intersection of Snider Ave. and Collins Street, in Sec. 18, T 8 S, R 8 E, go west 225 feet, south 125 feet, east 225 feet and north 125 feet.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Bryan County – Colbert School Gym/Auditorium

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