Wright City School – Wright City

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Address:  7th and School Streets, Wright City, Oklahoma 040, McCurtain County 089 County:  McCurtain
Started:   Completed:  1938

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Description:

A building of sixteen classrooms, the Wright City school is a single story, rectangular (342′ x 57′) structure constructed of untooled and uncoursed native sandstone. The mortar is beaded. The roof is flat with parapets; entryways are recessed behind archways; and pilasters decorate the exterior. The art deco allusion is faint but real. Reaching to interior ceilings, window openings with concrete sills have been reduced in size by wood inserts and new, energy efficient metal windows installed. These alterations do not impeach the architectural integrity of the building.
As a rural WPA building, the structure is remarkable for its scale/size and its faint allusion to art deco style. To the community it is unique architecturally because of its style, scale, materials, and workmanship. The school building is especially significant because it provided work opportunities for unskilled and unemployed laborers in the Wright City area, a forestry processing center deeply depressed, and because it created a new physical environment that promoted learning among students noted for their educational disinterest.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: At a point 140 feet south from the NE corner of Tract C, Wright City original plat, go west 150 feet, south 528 feet, east 150 feet and north 528 feet.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties McCurtain County – Wright City School

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