Sans Bois School – Kinta (Vic)

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Address:  Vicinity of Kinta, Oklahoma 040, Haskell County 061; Sec. 35, T 8 N, R 20 E County:  Haskell
Started:   Completed:  1940

Current Usage:

Description:

A two-room building originally, the Sans Bois school is a single story, rectangular (75′ x 30′) structure with an offset constructed of rusticated and coursed native sandstone. The roof, now covered with composition shingles, is gabled with one step; two of three doors are recessed behind archways. Richardsonian Romanesque influence is clearly visible. The old classroom window openings have been reduced in size with wood inserts which now enclose new metal sash windows; a fireplace with exterior chimney constructed of materials similar with the original has been added. Neither alteration impeaches the integrity of the structure.
Architecturally the building is significant because of its clear allusion to Richardsonian Romanesque style and because within the community it is unique in terms of its type, scale, materials and workmanship. The school building is particular important because construction of it provided work opportunities for unskilled and unemployed coal miners in a rural and remote area hard hit by the depression. The new building also also produced an enthusiasm for learning in an area noted for its educational backwardness.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Follow state highway No. 2 north from Kinta one mile to the Sans Bois road and turn east and go four miles to site on the south side of the road. The property begins in the NE corner of the NW 1/4 of Sec. 35, T 8 N, R 20 E and runs south 295.15 feet, east 295.15 feet, north 295.15 feet, and west 295.15 feet.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Haskell County – Sans Bois School

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