|Address:||South 161st and East 161st Streets, Leonard, Oklahoma 040, Tulsa County 143; SE 1/4, Sec. 22, T 17 N, R 14 E||County:||Tulsa|
A single story, L-shaped (100′ x 54′, with extension of 43′ x 42′) structure, the Leonard school and gymnasium is constructed of cut but unrusticated blocks of native sandstone randomly laid. The masonry lacks any artistic quality. The roof is flat with parapets (particularly pronounced above the front entry), while wall caps and window sills, lintels and side facings are pre-formed concrete. The double door, front entryway is recessed, and the south, exterior wall has pilasters. Window openings have been reduced in size with wood inserts and smaller, more energy efficient windows installed. On the north a walkway to a new gymnasium has been enclosed with sheet metal and attached to the building. Neither alteration, however, effects the architectural integrity of the building.
The drought and the drop in agricultural prices left the economy of the Leonard community in shambles and many workers without gainful employment. Virtually destitute, the latter found some economic relief by working on the construction of the Leonard school facilities–a fact that makes the structure particularly significant. That it also infused the wages from some 60,000 man-hours of labor into the local economy was also important. As it replaced a condemned wood building and remains in use today, the WPA-built school was the genesis of and continues to nurture modern education in the area. Architecturally, the building is notable in the community for its type, style, materials and workmanship.
VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Go north of the Leonard community, situated on U.S. highway No. 64, on the county section line (E. 161st) to S. 161st Street to the school property on the NW corner of the intersection, being (200′ x 200′?), SE corner of Sec. 22, T 17 N, R 14 E
The property was overgrown with vegetation and was used as storage for the owner, the gym which was added in the 70s was being used as a garage. After looking up articles on the internet find that the school was closed in 2008, and students were transferred to Bixby Public Schools.
- Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
- Tulsa World, Former Leonard School Built in 1930s up for sale, (accessed June 2018)
- Newsok.com, School districts seek annexation