Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number SG100005081
Historic Name FOUNDERS' PLACE HISTORIC DISTRICT
Description of Significance FOUNDERS’ PLACE HISTORIC DISTRICT IS LOCALLY SIGNIFICANT FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES UNDER CRITERION A FOR THE AREA OF COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVLOPMENT AND UNDER CRITERION C FOR ARCHITECTURE. FROM 1903 TO 1951, THE FOUNDERS’ PLACE HISTORIC DISTRICT IS AN EXCELLENT REPRESENTATION OF THE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF MUSKOGEE FROM THE ALLOTMENT OF LAND WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE CURTIS ACT IN 1896 THROUGH OKLAHOMA’S ADOPTION INTO STATEHOOD IN 1907 THEN LASTLY INTO THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY. ROUGHLY BOUNDED BY WEST MARTIN LUTHER JUNIOR BOULEVARD TO THE NORTH, NORTH 12TH STREET TO THE EAST, COURT STREET TO THE SOUTH, AND NORTH 17TH STREET TO THE WEST. THE FOUNDERS’ PLACE HISTORIC DISTRICT WAS IN AN AREA DESIRABLE FOR PROSPEROUS BUSINESSMEN, PHYSICIANS, POLITICIANS AND DEVELOPERS OF MUSKOGEE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE “FOUNDERS” OF MUSKOGEE. THIS AREA WAS AN ENTICING LOCATION SINCE IT WAS SLIGHTLY OVER A MILE FROM DOWNTOWN MUSKOGEE, WHICH INCLUDED OTHER VALUES SUCH AS THE STREETCAR LINE THAT RAN DIRECTLY SOUTH OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICT; THE LAND WAS LOCATED ON A RISE ABOVE THE FLOODPLAIN WHERE THERE WAS CHANCE OF FLOOD DANGER AND MOSQUITOES; AND LASTLY IT WAS A QUIET LOCATION COMPARED TO AREAS CLOSER TO COMMERCIAL AREAS AND RAILROAD LINES. PRIMARILY DEVELOPED BETWEEN 1903 AND 1919 WITH THE POPULAR STYLES OF ARCHITECTURE OF THE PERIOD INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, COLONIAL REVIVAL, CLASSICAL REVIVAL, QUEEN ANNE AND PRAIRIE SCHOOL. DURING THE PERIOD FROM 1920-1951, THE FINAL BUILDING PHASE OF THE FOUNDER’S PLACE HISTORIC DISTRICT CONCLUDED WITH DENSER DEVELOPMENT WITH POPULAR STYLES SUCH AS CRAFTSMAN/BUNGALOW, PRAIRIE SCHOOL, RENAISSANCE REVIVAL, TUDOR REVIVAL AND MINIMAL TRADITIONAL. WITH THE RISING POPULARITY OF THE AUTOMOBILE IN THE EARLY 1920S TO THE END OF DISTRICT’S SIGNIFICANCE IN 1951, THE DISTRICT WITNESSED CONVERSION OF CARRIAGE HOUSES INTO GARAGES AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEW DETACHED AND ATTACHED GARAGES. NEW HOUSES DURING THE LATTER PART WERE EITHER CONSTRUCTED WITH GARAGES INCLUDING MATCHING GARAGES FOR LARGER HOUSES OR SIMPLE CONSTRUCTION OF ONE-CAR GARAGES FOR SMALLER HOUSES. LISTED IN NATIONAL REGISTER ON 13 MARCH 2020.
Current Name SAME
Address W MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BLVD, EAST SIDE OF N 12TH ST, COURT ST, EAST SIDE OF N 17TH ST
City MUSKOGEE
County MUSKOGEE
Lot
Block
Current Section
Township
Range
Type DISTRICT
Historic Function SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL; MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL
Current Function SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL; MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL
Area Signficance 1 COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Area Significance 2 ARCHITECTURE
Date Prepared AUGUST 2019
Year Built 1903-1951
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder ARCHITECT: BENJAMIN CUNLIFF; ARCHITECT/BUILDER: JOSEPH A. DICKMAN
Architectural Style VARIOUS
Roof Material VARIOUS
Wall Material VARIOUS
Window Material VARIOUS
Door Material VARIOUS
Decorative Details
Condition POOR - EXCELLENT
Comments LISTED 03/13/2020.
Restricted