Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center

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Institution Name: Oklahoma City University
Original/Historic Place Name: Fine Arts Building
Location on Campus: (east side) 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1927original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Materials:
Foundation: reinforced concrete
Walls: masonry; concrete (trim)
Roof: standing-seam metal
 
    Function:
ca. 1927-present (2007)theater
ca. 1927-present (2007)auditorium
ca. 1927-present (2007)academic department building (performing arts)
ca. 2004-present (2007)auditorium (recital hall)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (practice rooms)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (scenery and costume workshops)

Significance: architecture, culture, history, religion
Landmark designation:
National RegisterOklahoma City University (1978)
Narrative: see below
References: see below
 

Narrative:
The Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center was the second building on campus. Aviator Charles Lindbergh participated in the groundbreaking ceremony. The building has been the venue for drama, comedy, and opera performances and for many years has been considered one of the city's cultural centers.

Outside the building, raised planters with pygmy barberry hedge are in front, and Bradford pear trees, crepe myrtles, and red maples surround the building.
 

References:
I. Bibliographic sources:

Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma City University. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1978.

II. Location of other data:
SHPO
Government Offices
 

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