Whitefield School – Whitefield

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Address:  State highway No 9 West, Whitefield, Oklahoma 040, Haskell County 061 County:  Haskell
Started:   Completed:  1940

Current Usage:

Description:

A six-room building, the Whitefield school is a single story, essentially rectangular (51′ x 104′) structure with offsets constructed of rusticated and coursed native standstone. Actually it is comprised of two parallel sections built apparently at two different times. The eastern segment has a flat roof with a central, cross gable that extends back to intersect with the gable roof of the western segment of the building. Two entryways on the east are recessed behind arches. Window openings with concrete sills have been reduced in size with wood inserts that contain metal sash windows. These alterations do not impeach the architectural integrity of the building.
As a rural WPA school building, the Whitefield school is unique for its size (scale). Moreover, its type, style, materials and workmanship make it significant architecturally within the community. Especially important is that construction of the school building provided work opportunities for laborers made destitute by the closing of the coal mines in Haskell County, resulting in some economic security and greater self-esteem. That the facility is still used as the only school building in Whitefield suggests its significance, over time, as an educational advancement.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Block 22, Whitefield original

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Haskell County – Whitefield School

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