Ponca City Library – Ponca City

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Address:  515 E Grand Ave, Ponca City, Oklahoma 746601 Country  Kay
Started:  1935 Completed  1935

Current Usage


“The city erected the new building which is one and part two stories in height. It contains a reading room for adults, a junior reading room, children’s room, reference room, delivery room, workroom, and a librarian’s room, as well as the necessary stack space.

It is a semifireproof structure with light-colored brick walls elaborately trimmed with terra cotta. The foundation walls and floors are reinforced concrete.

The project was completed in December 1935 at a construction cost of $80,019 and a project cost of $100,644.”[1]

In 1935, the City purchased additional land, with a grant from the Public Works Administration, to build an 18,000 square foot facility in the previous library’s location. Another important milestone was marked in 1989 with the complete renovation of the building and a 10,000 square foot addition. The 1989 addition respects the character and integrity of the older facility, and the new area has been carefully planned to complement the grace and grandeur of the original structure. The buff brick masonry of the 1935 building was continued in the expansion, as are several of the distinctive features of the original architecture: including, the arches over the Grand Avenue entrance, the ornate terra cotta windows, and the high ceilings.[2]


  1. The Living New Deal – https://livingnewdeal.org/projects/ponca-city-library-ponca-city-ok/
  2. Ponca City Information – http://www.poncacity.com/attractions/library.htm

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Public Buildings – Ponca City Library (page 132)