High School Gym/Auditorium – Caddo

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Address:  McPherson and First Street, Caddo, Oklahoma 040, Bryan County O 13  County:  Bryan
Started:   Completed:  1938-1940

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Description:

The Caddo High School gym and auditorium is a single story, rectangular ( 111′ x 62′) structure constructed of untooled and uncoursed native stone. Mortar is beaded; exterior walls, with pilasters on the front, are capped with pre-formed concrete; the roof is arched with parapets; large openings with concrete sills and lintels have window placement by twos and threes. On the east front, entry doors set behind an arcade with a roof. Arches in the arcade have been enclosed with concrete blocks; nevertheless the architectural integrity of the building remains unimpeached.
The gym/auditorium is significant because its construction provided work opportunities and some economic security for unskilled and unemployed laborers, especially agricultural laborers, in the Caddo area during the depth of the depression. The building also provided a place for school-wide and community-wide activities, especially basketball competition. The latter fostered a sense of identity and pride not widely known in the region. Architecturally the gym/auditorum is unique in the community because of its type, style, scale, materials and workmanship.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Lots 17 and 18, Katy Heights Addition, Caddo original

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Bryan County – Caddo Gym/Auditorium

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