National Guard Armory – Sulphur

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Address:  West Wynnewood Avenue, Sulphur, Oklahoma 040, Murray County 099 County:  Murray
Started:   Completed:  1936

Current Usage:

Description:


The Sulphur Armory is a single-story, essentially rectangular (145′ x 122′) structure consisting of a drill floor with a wing on the south side. Constructed of rusticated and coursed native stone, the armory has a recessed main entryway framed with pilasters capped by molded concrete and a cornice at the roofline also of pre-formed concrete. The drill floor has a high arched roof with parapets; the wing has a flat roof with parapets. Elongated metal casement windows have concrete sills. Pilasters at the corners and concrete slab insets above the windows provide decorative relief. One of the four garage doors has been blocked in with cinder block, leaving a single door entry. This alteration does not impair the integrity of the building.
The armory is significant in that it has contributed to the military defense of the nation, especially during World War II when the Oklahoma National Guard won distinction in Italy. Also significant is that its construction provided a means of livelihood for many distressed and jobless residents of the Sulphur area during the depression. The armory is readily noticeable within Sulphur because of its scale and materials. It is also notable for its style and high level of workmanship.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: All of Lots 4 and 5 and the south 1/2 of Lots 2 and 3 in Block 94, Sulphur original

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. National Register of Historic Places
  3. Department of Environmental Quality Reports
  4. The Living New Deal
  5. Waymarking.com

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Murray County – Sulphur Armory
  2. National Register of Historic Places Support Document
  3. National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form

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