Degnan School – WIlburton (Vic)

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Address:  Vicinity of Wilburton, Oklahoma 040, Latimer County 077; Sec. 36, T 6 N, R 18 E County:  Latimer
Started:   Completed:  1937

Current Usage:

Destroyed

Description:

A two-room building initially, the Degnan school is a single story, rectangular (28′ x 70′) structure constructed of rusticated and coursed native sandstone. The roof, now covered with composition shingles, is hipped; the recessed two-door, front entryway is covered by a porch with gable. The old classroom window openings, with concrete sills, have been covered with wood inserts, but this alteration does not impeach the architectural integrity of the building. Adjacent but not attached to the structure is a wood building that may have been a teacherage. It is not a part of this nomination.
The school building is significant within the community because of its type, style, scale, materials and workmanship. Indeed there is not much of a “community” left within the vicinity. Also construction of it provided work opportunities for unskilled and laborers left without jobs by the closing of the coal mining industry. The building restored some community spirit sapped by the length of the depression and created a new environment conducive to learning for students used to decayed wooden structures.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Follow state highway No. 2 northwest from Wilburton for approximately two and one-half miles to the second paved county road that goes west; turn west and go one mile to the property site on the north side of the road, it begining at a point 1980 feet north and 955.8 feet west of the SE corner of Sec. 36, T 6 N, R 18 E, and then running 330 feet west, 264 feet south, 330 feet east, and 264 feet north. 

Notes:

found a Degnan School Road

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. National Register of Historic Places

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Latimer County – Degnan School
  2. National Register of Historic Places Support Document
  3. National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form

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