Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number SG100004177
Historic Name HOTEL MUSKOGEE
Description of Significance THE HOTEL MUSKOGEE, ERECTED IN 1922-23 AND OPENED IN 1923 AT 26 WEST BROADWAY (ON THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF WEST BROADWAY AND NORTH MAIN) IN MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA, IS LOCALLY SIGNIFICANT UNDER CRITERION A IN THE AREA OF SOCIAL HISTORY FOR THE YEARS 1923-1969. IT REPRESENTS A PATTERN OF DEVELOPMENT IN PROVIDING SERVICES TO A SPECIFIC GROUP OF PEOPLE, COMMERCIAL TRAVELERS, AS A SOCIALLY STRATIFIED LODGING INDUSTRY DEVELOPED WITHIN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY FROM THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY INTO THE POST-WORLD WAR II ERA. WITHIN THAT PATTERN, THE BUILDING ILLUSTRATES THE RISE AND FALL OF “COMMERCIAL TRAVELERS” HOTELS FOR MALE SALES REPRESENTATIVES INVOLVED IN MANUFACTURING AND WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTION. IT ALSO ILLUSTRATES THE GENDERED NATURE OF A GROWING “BUSINESS CULTURE” IN AMERICA. THE HOTEL MUSKOGEE’S PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANCE BEGINS IN 1923 AND ENDS IN 1969 AS ITS PURPOSE AND ITS TYPE OF OCCUPANCY CHANGED WITH THE TIMES, A PURPOSE AND DESIGN THAT REFLECTED THE GENDERED AND SOCIALLY STRATIFIED NATURE OF SOCIETY IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY. FROM THE MID-1920S THROUGH THE 1940S THE HOTEL MUSKOGEE REPRESENTED THE LINK BETWEEN THE NATION’S COMMERCE AND MUSKOGEE’S COMMERCE AND ALSO THE SEGREGATION OF THE GENDERS IN THE BUSINESS WORLD. THE BUILDING RETAINS A HIGH DEGREE OF INTEGRITY OF LOCATION AND SETTING, THOUGH DOWNTOWN MUSKOGEE HAS REDUCED IN SIZE AND PROMINENCE SINCE 1923. THE HOTEL’S DESIGN, MATERIALS, AND WORKMANSHIP HAVE SEEN LITTLE ALTERATION EXCEPT IN THE FIRST STORY’S SOUTH AND WEST ELEVATIONS, AND THE BUILDING REFLECTS THE FEELING AND ASSOCIATION OF A TRAVELER’S REST IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT. NATIONAL REGISTER LISTED 12 JULY 2019.
Current Name MUSKOGEE HOTEL
Address 26 WEST BROADWAY STREET
City MUSKOGEE
County MUSKOGEE
Lot
Block
Current Section
Township
Range
Type
Historic Function DOMESTIC/HOTEL
Current Function VACANT/NOT IN USE
Area Signficance 1 SOCIAL HISTORY
Area Significance 2
Date Prepared MAY 2018
Year Built 1923
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder ARCHITECT: DAWSON AND BASSHAM; BUILDER: DOUGHERTY AND NICHOLS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Architectural Style CLASSICAL REVIVAL
Roof Material
Wall Material BRICK W/ CAST STONE ACCENTS
Window Material WOOD, STEEL, ALUMINUM
Door Material
Decorative Details CAST STONE ACCENTS
Condition FAIR
Comments
Restricted