Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number SG100004172
Historic Name PONCA CITY MILLING COMPANY ELEVATOR
Description of Significance THE PONCA CITY MILLING COMPANY ELEVATOR IS ELIGIBLE FOR LISTING IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES UNDER CRITERION A FOR ITS ASSOCIATION WITH COMMERCE IN PONCA CITY BETWEEN 1922 AND 1959. INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE LOCALLY PROMINENT DONAHOE FAMILY FOR MOST OF ITS MOST PRODUCTIVE YEARS, THE PONCA CITY MILLING COMPANY ELEVATOR IS A COMPLEX THAT INCLUDES A SINGLE-STORY OFFICE/FLOUR STORAGE AREA, A SIX-STORY FLOUR MILL, AND CONCRETE GRAIN ELEVATOR, AND A LARGE SET OF CONCRETE, CYLINDRICAL GRAIN STORAGE BINS. TOGETHER, THIS COMPLEX WAS A SYMBOL OF WIDESPREAD AGRICULTURAL PROSPERITY IN NORTH-CENTRAL OKLAHOMA DURING THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY. ITS SALE TO INTERNATIONAL MILLING COMPANY IN 1945, WHICH CLOSED THE COMPLEX FOR GOOD IN 1959, REFLECTED BROADER CHANGES IN AMERICAN AGRIBUSINESS, SPECIFICALLY THE CONSOLIDATION OF FOOD PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES AMONG A HANDFUL OF CORPORATIONS. THOUGH VACANT TODAY, THE PONCA CITY MILLING COMPANY ELEVATOR REMAINS THE LARGEST AND BEST-PRESERVED EXAMPLE OF A FLOUR MILLING AND GRAIN STORAGE OPERATION IN THE COMMUNITY. NATIONAL REGISTER LISTED 15 JULY 2019.
Current Name SAME
Address 114 WEST CENTRAL AVENUE
City PONCA CITY
County KAY
Lot 11-20
Block 7
Current Section
Township
Range
Type BUILDING; STRUCTURE
Historic Function INDUSTRY/PROCESSING/EXTRACTION: MANUFACTURING FACILITY; AGRICULTURE/SUBSISTENCE: STORAGE; COMMERCE/TRACE: SPECIALTY STORE
Current Function VACANT/NOT IN USE
Area Signficance 1 COMMERCE
Area Significance 2
Date Prepared SEPTEMBER 2018
Year Built 1922-1959
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder ARCHITECT: HARNER & WYATT; BUILDER: CHAS A. DUNNING CONSTRUCTION CO.; BUILDER: GEORGE M. ROBERTSON CONSTRUCTION CO.
Architectural Style OTHER: CONCRETE TERMINAL GRAIN ELEVATOR; NEO-CLASSICAL REVIVAL
Roof Material CONCRETE
Wall Material CONCRETE; BRICK
Window Material STEEL
Door Material STEEL
Decorative Details "ROBIN HOOD FLOUR" GHOST SIGN ON CONCRETE STORAGE BINS
Condition FAIR
Comments
Restricted