Okemah Library – Okemah

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Address:  Second and Birch Streets, Okemah, Oklahoma 040, Okfuskee County 107 County:  Okfuskee
Started:   Completed:  1935

Current Usage:

Description:


This library is a two-story, rectangular (40′ x 48′) building constructed of cut, coursed, and rusticated native stone of buff color. The roof is flat with parapets. The single-door entrance is recessed behind a concrete lentil entryway. The windows are paired with concrete lentils and sills. At the entrance, a new glass door has been added, as well as a ramp for the handicapped. The windows are a new aluminum framed type. There are stone additions attached to the north and west sides of the structure. These alterations impeach the architectural integrity of the building. There are remnants of a stone wall on the south side of the building.
Construction of this library provided useful work for unskilled and unemployed laborers at a time when such opportunities were few. The project infused wages of some 21,000 man­hours of labor into the local economy. The completion of the building also enhanced educational and recreational opportunities to everyone in Okemah and the surrounding area. The structure is unique in terms of type, style, scale, materials, and workmanship within the city of Okemah.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. Okemah Library
  3. The Living New Deal

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Okfuskee County – Okemah Library

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