Ochelata Gym – Ochelata

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Address:  Main Street, Ochelata, Oklahoma 040, Washington County 147; SW 1/4, Sec. 36, T 25 N, R 12 E  County:  Washington
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Description:


The Ochelata Gymnasium is a single-story, rectangular (56′ x 87′) structure constructed of red brick laid with a running bond. The roof is flat with parapets, and the door has been altered in order to connect the gym to the school. Original windows have been replaced with ones more energy-efficient, and brick has been inserted to make the windows smaller. The alterations have impeached the architectural integrity of the structure.
As a WPA gym, this one is unique in type, materials, and size. It also provided work for destitute people on relief during the depression when employment opportunities were scarce. Construction of the gym gave children of the community recreational opportunities which were not available to them before, while at the same time this WPA project raised morale among people living in the area. Architecturally, the building is unique in terms of style, type, materials, scale, and quality of workmanship.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Go west on Main Street until the street ends, then go 41 feet south, then 180 feet west where the property begins at the SW corner of the SW 1/4 of Sec. 36, T 25 N, R 12 E, and runs 87 feet east, 56 feet south, 87 feet west, and 56 feet north.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Washington County – Ochelata Gym

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