National Guard Armory – Wagoner

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Address:  Cherokee and Jefferson Streets, Wagoner, Oklahoma 040, Wagoner County 145  County:  Wagoner
Started:   Completed:  1936

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Description:


Essentially a rectangular (129′ x 140′) structure, the Wagoner Armory is constructed of cut but lightly rusticated native stone. The mortar is beaded. Over the drill floor, the roof is arched, while over the rest of the building it is flat. Parapets and pilasters, both capped with cut limestone blocks, as well as insets of stone that form vertical lines at the corners and above windows, give the structure a “fortress” appearance. Narrow and elongated metal casement windows setting on pre-formed concrete sills heighten this effect. In addition to the main and secondary entries, there are three garage openings.
Armory construction was the first major undertaking by the WPA. In Wagoner, it provided the earliest real relief for workers who had been made destitute by the national depression in that it gave them a measure of economic security and self-esteem. And it infused into the local economy wages from some 80,000 man-hours of labor. The Wagoner Armory symbolizes that achievement. The structure is also significant because it provided splendid facilities for training the Oklahoma National Guard, facilities that directly affected the performance of the 45th Division when it six years later saw active duty in North Africa and Italy. Architecturally, within Wagoner the building is unique as to type, style and workmanship.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: East 65 feet of Lot 7 and all of Lot 8, Block 291, Wagoner original plat

Sources:

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

Supported Documents:

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

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