Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number MP100002056
Historic Name UNITES STATES POST OFFICE PURCELL
Description of Significance THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE IN PURCELL IS SIGNIFICANT WITHIN THE MULTIPLE PROPERTY NOMINATION, “OKLAHOMA POST OFFICES WITH SECTION ART.” WHEN BUILT IN 1938-9, THE POST OFFICE BECAME ANOTHER PRODUCT OF THE NEW DEAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAM AND IT WAS TARGETED TO RECEIVE ARTWORK THROUGH THE SECTION, A DEPRESSION-ERA PROGRAM THAT COMMISSIONED ARTISTS TO CREATE ARTWORKS FOR THE DECORATION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS. FREDERICK E. CONWAY RECEIVED THE COMMISSION FOR THE PURCELL POST OFFICE MURAL. THE MURAL DESIGNED AND PAINTED BY CONWAY CONSTITUTES AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE BUILDING AND IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE WORK AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SECTION. IN THE AREA OF POLITICS/GOVERNMENT, THE PURCELL POST OFFICE ALSO REPRESENTS IMPORTANT NEW DEAL POLICIES RELATED TO THE CONSTRUCTION AND DECORATION OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS.
Current Name
Address 228 WEST MAIN STREET
City PURCELL
County MCCLAIN
Lot 3-5
Block 117
Current Section
Township
Range
Type BUILDING
Historic Function GOVERNMENT: POST OFFICE
Current Function GOVERNMENT: POST OFFICE
Area Signficance 1 POLITICS/GOVERNMENT
Area Significance 2 ART
Date Prepared 4/2017
Year Built 1939-1940
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder SIMON, LOUIS A. SUPERVISING ARCHITECT & CONWAY, FREDERICK E. MURAL ARTIST
Architectural Style MODERN MOVEMENT: ART DECO
Roof Material
Wall Material BRICK
Window Material METAL
Door Material METAL
Decorative Details ORNAMENTAL DETAIL ABOVE ENTRY
Condition EXCELLENT
Comments
Restricted