Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dawson School, 1908


NE Corner of East Ute Place and North Kingston Place

Dawson was one of many small communities established after the land rush in 1889. It was annexed into the city of Tulsa in 1948. Present day Dawson is bounded by Apache on the North, Pine on the South, Yale on the West and Sheridan on the East. It was the location of the Smith Brothers coal Pit, a strip mining operation.


The Dawson School was constructed in 1908 and served as both school and community center for Dawson. The Dawson School is a sandstone, Romanesque style, two-room building. It is an excellent example of a schoolhouse built after the post-statehood school building boom.


Originally, there was a bell tower atop the porch, however, it was removed at an unknown time. Decorative details include an arched partial porch, two semicircular windows flanking the porch, a boxed cornice and gable returns. Dawson School was an important center for Dawson community activities. The school was the only municipal building in Dawson until 1942 when the firehouse was built. (Excerpted from Tulsa Preservation Commission)

10 comments:

  1. The oversized scale of the arch entry is a nod to the architecture of H.H. Richardson. This is a wonderful little structure.

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  2. I could find no reference to the architect for the school. Richardson's article in Wikipedia calls his influencial style "Richardson Romanesque". No doubt this little school was drawn from that.

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  3. This school is now scheduled for demolition...please help preserve it by signing the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-tulsa-parks-department-let-the-dawson-park-community-center-remain-open-in-north-tulsa..


    Thank you!

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  4. this is a new comment..is that school still there?..or has it been demolished already?

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  5. It is still there. Just went by.

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  6. It is still there. Just went by.

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  7. Does anyone have any information about mayors of Dawson? I am looking for some names and dates. If you do please email me kng9088@gmail.com Thank You

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  8. Does anyone have any information about mayors of Dawson? I am looking for some names and dates. If you do please email me kng9088@gmail.com Thank You

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  9. That was are wrestling building

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  10. That was are old wrestling building some of the best Tulsa had to offer came out of that building

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