Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number 246
Historic Name UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AND COURTHOUSE
Description of Significance FROM THE START OF CONSTRUCTION IN 1911 TO THE PRESENT, THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE AND COURTHOUSE IN MUSKOGEE HAS PROVIDED A FEDERAL PRESENCE IN TOWN AS WELL AS MANY FEDERAL SERVICES, INCLUDING POSTAL AND LEGAL. ALTHOUGH MANY HISTORIC BUILDINGS REMAIN IN DOWNTOWN MUSKOGEE, THIS BUILDING IS AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF A FEDERALLY DESIGNED CLASSICAL REVIVAL STYLE GOVERNMENT BUILDING. THE COURTHOUSE IS A FIVE-STORY LIMESTONE CLAD BUILDING WITH A FULL BASEMENT. BUILT BETWEEN 1911 AND 1915, THE BUILDING APPEARS TO BE ONLY FOUR STORIES IN HEIGHT. THE FIFTH FLOOR, NOT READILY VISIBLE FROM THE EXTERIOR, WAS ORIGINALLY STORAGE SPACE. IN 1937-1938, AN ADDITION WAS CONSTRUCTED ON THE REAR ELEVATION. LISTED IN NATIONAL REGISTER 3/24/2000.
Current Name FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE
Address 111 NORTH 5TH
City MUSKOGEE
County MUSKOGEE
Lot 1, EAST 11 FEET OF LOT 2, LOT 9 AND 10,
Block 12, ORIGINAL TOWNSITE
Current Section
Township
Range
Type BUILDING
Historic Function GOVERNMENT: POST OFFICE, COURTHOUSE, GOVERNMENT OFFICE
Current Function GOVERNMENT: COURTHOUSE, GOVERNMENT OFFICE
Area Signficance 1 POLITICS/GOVERNMENT
Area Significance 2 ARCHITECTURE
Date Prepared JUNE 1999
Year Built 1915, 1938
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder TAYLOR, JOHN KNOX (1915) AND SIMON, LOUIS A. (1938) -- SUPERVISING ARCHITECTS , U.S. TREASURY; J.E. AND A.L. PENNOCK CONSTRUCTION (1915) AND MANHATTAN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (1938) - CONTRACTORS
Architectural Style CLASSICAL REVIVAL
Roof Material SYNTHETICS
Wall Material STONE: LIMESTONE
Window Material METAL
Door Material METAL: ALUMINUM
Decorative Details
Condition GOOD
Comments
Restricted N