The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 3, 2014

Historic apartments: Cherokee Terrace on National Register

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Cherokee Terrace Apartments in Enid have been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office made the announcement in an email news release Friday. The apartments are one of five new listings in Oklahoma.

Cherokee Terrace Apartments was constructed as a low-rise, multifamily residential development by the Housing Division of the Public Works Administration (PWA) to provide affordable housing for those cast into poverty by the Great Depression, said Larry O’Dell, of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

“Constructed between 1936 and 1938, Cherokee Terrace embodies the theories of site planning and design dictated by the PWA,” O’Dell said.

They are located at 619 E. Maine Ave., near St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and Don Haskins Park.

Other buildings in Oklahoma named to the list are:

• The Larkin Hotel, constructed between 1923 and 1924, in Blackwell. It is located in downtown Blackwell and was the first four-story building and the only four-story hotel constructed in the city. It featured hot and cold running water in each room, as well as a telephone.

In recognition of the building’s significance and the precarious status of the building due to lack of use, the Larkin Hotel was included on Preservation Oklahoma’s 2012 Most Endangered Properties List.

• The James H. Bounds Barn, constructed circa 1890. It is a rare four-crib log barn that remains in excellent condition in the Kingston vicinity in Marshall County. This is the only known example of this archaic barn type in Oklahoma, and one of only a few west of the Mississippi River.

• The Muskogee Municipal Building, constructed in 1931. It is significant as the city’s first-ever formal city hall, as a formally established meeting place for local patriotic groups and as a venue for large public events.

• St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Muskogee. Constructed in 1931, it is significant for its role in the history of blacks in Muskogee as one of a few historic church buildings remaining that represent black community activities. It is the city’s only example of full-scale application of Tudor Revival architectural form and detailing.

Enid has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places, including Broadway Tower, Clay Hall, Garfield County Court House, H.H. Champlin House, McCristy-Knox Mansion and Rock Island Depot.

Listing in the National Register is an honorific designation that provides recognition, limited protection and, in some cases, financial incentives the properties. Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office identifies, evaluates and nominates properties for this special designation.

According to the National Park Service, which oversees the National Register of Historic Places, to be eligible a property must meet certain criteria:

• Age and integrity. Is the property old enough to be considered historic (generally at least 50 years old) and does it still look much the way it did in the past?

• Significance. Is the property associated with events, activities or developments that were important in the past? With the lives of people who were important in the past? With significant architectural history, landscape history, or engineering achievements? Does it have the potential to yield information through archeological investigation about our past?

The process for inclusion starts with nominations made to state historic preservation offices. Then, public comments are sought and nominations are review at the state level.

Finally, nominations are submitted by the state to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., for final review and listing by the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places.