Horace Mann School Addition – Shawnee

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Address:  Draper and Whittaker Streets, Shawnee, Oklahoma 040, Pottawatomie County 125  County: Pottawatomie
Started:   Completed:  1940

Current Usage:


The addition to Horace Mann School is two stories, rectangular (39′ x 86′) and constructed of brick. It runs perpendicular to the original building. The roof of the addition is flat with concrete capped parapets. Jambs and lintel of the front entryway are of cut limestone, as is the flat pediment above the door. The two door side entry is slightly subsurface and has transom lights. Window openings have cut limestone sills and continuous lintels of the same material, the latter having the effect of a frieze. Three different bas reliefs decorate the front. Other than different windows and the filling in of one-half of a small window, the building has not been altered.
The addition to Horace Mann school is primarily significant because of its two stories, a feature that is rather rare on WPA buildings. The fact that the addition also symbolizes the social significance of the WPA program–putting destitute people to work–is also significant, as is its importance to the advancement of elementary education in Shawnee.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Lots 45-50, Block 14, Whittaker Addition to Shawnee original plat.


  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Pottawatomie County – Horace Mann School


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