Garfield County Courthouse – Enid

Address: 114 West Broadway Ave. Enid, OK 73701County:Garfield
Started: 1931Completed: 1936
Agencies:PWA, Arts ProjectNRHP:August 23, 1984

Current Usage:

County Courthouse

Description:

This PWA courthouse was built from 1934-1936. A 1939 survey of PWA works described the site:

“This new four-story and basement structure, with a partial fifth story, replaces an old courthouse which was destroyed by fire.

The basement contains offices for the justice of the peace, an assembly room, ladies’ parlor, and the necessary utility rooms. The first floor is occupied by the offices of the county treasurer, clerk, assessor, recorder, county engineer, auditor, and superintendent of schools. The district and county courtrooms, with offices for the judges, reporter, and attorneys, are on the second floor. The third floor contains the jury rooms and the upper parts of the courtrooms. The jail occupies the fourth and partial fifth floors.

The building is fireproof and is faced with limestone. It was completed in April 1935 at a construction cost of $199,560 and a project cost of $207,575.” [4]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 (#84003018).

Four murals are located within the building. Painted by nationally know muralist, Ruth Munro Angur.

“Throughout her career, Ruth Munro Augur completed five public murals that were commissioned by the WPA. This featured study was submitted for the San Antonio Post Office mural program, and, although the commission was eventually given to New Mexican artist Howard Cook, Ruth Auger became an artist most recognized for her murals. Born in Austin and raised in Denver, she studied at the Student School of Art. In 1905 she won a scholarship to the New York School of Art, where she was a student of Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase. About ten years later, she studied in California at Carmel for summer school, the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.”

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. The Living New Deal
  3. Waymarking.com
  4. C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. “Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration.” (1939). (Page 58)
  5. Wikipedia Article
  6. National Register of Historic Places
  7. The Living New Deal Murals
  8. https://www.visitenid.org/visitors/things-to-do/cultural-heritage/m.directory/82/view/19

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