National Guard Armory – Roff

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Address: 133 North 9th Street, Roff, Oklahoma County Pontotoc
Started 1936 Completed 1936

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The Roff Armory is a single-story, rectangular (210′ x 127′) structure constructed of rusticated and randomly laid native stone. There is a sense of play in the superb rockwork with many different sizes of stone fitted together. The structure has a central drill floor with a high arched roof and rectangular shaped wings with flat roofs east and west of the drill floor. Parapets are capped with heavily rusticated stone. The main entryway is framed by pilasters and a stepped cornice at the roof line. The metal casement windows have concrete sills and are crowned by an inset of stone rising to the roof. The structure has nine arched garage doors. Pilasters and friezes provide decorative relief.

The Roff Armory is most notable for its architecture. Within the community the structure’s scale, materials and workmanship are unique. The style of the building is also unusual, particularly the effect achieved by the heavy rustication of the building stones and the capping of parapets with oversized stones–also heavily rusticated. The structure alludes to a medieval fortress more than most WPA-constructed armories. The building is also significant because it was completed in time to help prepare the Oklahoma National Guard to play an important role in World War II and the Korean War and because its construction provided jobs to destitute workers that had been left unemployed and on relief by the national depression.[1]

Architect was Bryan W. Nolen who served as a Major in the Oklahoma National Guard.[2]


  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. Wikipedia Bryan W Nolen

Supported Documents:

    1. Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
    2. National Register Of Historic Places Supported Documents
    3. National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form