Hugo Public Library – Hugo

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Address:  East Jefferson Street, Hugo, Oklahoma 040, Choctaw County 023  County:  Choctaw
Started:  1936 Completed:  1937

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Description:

The Hugo Public Library is a single story, irregular size structure that at its greatest extent is 53 feet across and 75 feet deep. It is constructed of uncut and uncoursed native stone. The roof is gabled with intersecting gables and valleys, while metal casement windows are placed singly and by twos. Window sills and lintels are concrete. The front entryway is covered by a gabled porch supported by columns constructed of uncut stone. On the west wall there is an exterior chimney.
The library building is significant because it has served Hugo since its construction as a center of community activity. Indeed, immediately after it was built it was the regional headquarters of the WPA itself; later it was the site of agricultural fairs and the like. Architecturally it is unique in type, style, materials and workmanship. In the early days of the depression it also provided employment opportunities for destitute laborers with no hope of work in the private sector. In the Hugo area construction of it helped prevent starvation.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Choctaw County – Hugo Public Library

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