Way Park Amphitheater – Drumright

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Address:  Cimarron and West Broadway Streets, Drumright, Oklahoma 040, Creek County 037  County  Creek
Started:  1935 Completed  1936

Current Usage

Description:


This amphitheatre is a two-story, rectangular (35′ x 25′) structure constructed of cut, coursed, and rusticated native stone of buff color. Pilaster strips on the back give the building an art deco flavor. The stage is concrete and has been painted white. The concrete seats have been removed. A flower bed has been made in front of the structure. The alterations do not impeach the integrity of the building.
Construction of this amphitheater reflected the cultural interests of the WPA and gave some economic security to many destitute laborers in the area. The project infused wages of some 120,000 man-hours of labor into the local economy and helped to preserve main street. Once finished, the entertainment and celebrations that took place because of this WPA project helped to raise morale and ease tensions during the economic crises. The project is also unique in terms of type, style, scale, and workmanship.[1]

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Ten fee north of the north wall, ten feet east of the east wall, ten feet south of the south wall, and ten feet west of the west wall of the structure centered on the above cited UTM in Lots 12 through 23 in Block 47, Jones Addition to Drumright original.

 

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. The Living New Deal

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Creek County – Drumright Amphitheater

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