Plainview School – Ardmore (Vic)

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Address:  Vicinity of Ardmore, Oklahoma 040, Carter County 019; SWl/4, Sec. 35, T 4 S, R 1 E  County:  Carter
Started:   Completed:  1935

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Description:

The Plainview School is a ten-room, single-story, rectangular O 70′ x 58′) structure constructed from heavily rusticated and coursed native sandstone. It has a flat roof with parapets capped by cut limestone. Entryways are recessed; the front entry is covered with a pre-formed concrete porch and lintel, the latter extending to the roof line. Placed by threes, the windows are aluminum encased and rest on pre-formed concrete sills.
The Plainview School is an exceptionally attractive structure, mainly due to the fine workmanship and materials that went into its construction. Built by what were originally unskilled laborers, this structure displays the fine job the WPA did in training its workers and giving them a skill. Many of the most significant aspects of the WPA are displayed in this structure: employing unskilled laborers left jobless because of the depression, giving those laborers a skill they could utilize later in life, and promoting learning through the construction of new schools. Within the community it is unique in terms of type, style, materials and workmanship.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: From Ardmore go 3 miles west on U.S. 70 and 1 mile south to school, it being a 208 foot square tract in the SW corner of Sec. 35, T 4 S, R 1 E

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Carter County – Plainview School

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