Fairland High School & Gym – Fairland

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Address:   Country  Ottawa

Start:  Completed: 1941

Current Usage:

Description:


This building generally rectangular building ( 120′ x 180′) is constructed of cut and rusticated native stone as well as red brick recycled from a previous structure on the site. The roof is flat with parapets capped with concrete slabs as well as cross gabled with intersecting valleys. The double door entry way on the gym front is framed by poured concrete pilasters that rise to the roof line and a lintel of the same material. Wood sash windows are arranged by threes and are framed by concrete, continuous sills and lintels. A concrete frieze above the lintels and incising in the pilasters provide decorative detail. Similar design details are utilized on the remainder of the building. Most interesting is that rock walls and brick walls are used interchangably, frequently joining at corners. New brick and cinder block additions on the north and east sides of the building, unfortunately, impair the integrity of this unique structure.
This school is significant because it is constructed of both rusticated native stone and recycled brick. At least one-half of the walls are stone; the other one half brick. This configuration is most unusual for WPA buildings; indeed any building. Fairland school also constituted an economically important community resource. Its construction provided local families with wages for some 150,000 man-hours of labor which were infused back into the depressed local economy. Jobs generated by the construction of the school restored a sense of pride to many men who might otherwise have been unable to provide for their families. Its educational significance is suggested by its continued use by the community.[1]

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

WPA Properties Ottawa County – Fairland HS

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