Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number 81000464
Historic Name BESSIE POE HALL
Description of Significance BESSIE POE HALL IS A FOUR STORY TUDOR REVIVAL STYLE RESIDENCE HALL ON THE CAMPUS OF MURRAY STATE COLLEGE IN TISHOMINGO. THE BUILDING HAS A BRICK WATERTABLE WITH STUCCO CLADDING ON THE REMAINDER OF THE EXTERIOR SURFACES. DECORATIVE DETAILS INCLUDE HALF-TIMBERING IN THE GABLE ENDS. BESSIE POE HALL WAS BUILT TO HOUSE APPROXIMATELY 130 STUDENTS, PARTICULARLY CHICKASAW STUDENTS, AT THE THEN MURRAY STATE SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE. TWO SUCH DORMITORIES WERE BUILT BETWEEN 1917 AND 1919, BUT ONLY BESSIE POE HALL REMAINS. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS FACILITY CAME ABOUT BECAUSE OF THE COOPERATIVE EFFORTS OF TRIBAL, FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO ASSIST AN INDIAN NATION IN THEIR QUEST FOR EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THEIR CHILDREN. LISTED IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER, 9/11/1981.
Current Name SAME
Address WILSON AND FACULTY DRIVES, MURRAY STATE COLLEGE
City TISHOMINGO
County JOHNSTON
Lot
Block
Current Section
Township
Range
Type BUILDING
Historic Function EDUCATION: EDUCATIONAL RELATED HOUSING
Current Function OTHER: STORAGE
Area Signficance 1 ARCHITECTURE
Area Significance 2 EDUCATION
Date Prepared 6/25/1981
Year Built 1917
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder
Architectural Style TUDOR REVIVAL
Roof Material ASPHALT
Wall Material BRICK; STUCCO
Window Material WOOD
Door Material WOOD
Decorative Details HALF-TIMBERING
Condition FAIR
Comments
Restricted N