Art Deco Buildings in Tulsa
Will Rogers High School
3909 East 5th Place (map it)
This school was designed by Leon B. Senter and Joseph R. Koberling, Jr. Typical of PWA period Art Deco, this school was featured in a Time magazine article “outlining the high school pattern of the future” in which it was called “a model progressive high school” in “one of the most progressive school systems in the study.”
The elaborate buff brick school features two large towers at the front corners of a large main block of classrooms. The towers are supported by stepped pilasters with ornate details in terra cotta “capitals”. Panels above the double doors feature Will Roger’s life in two phases. One depicts his cowboy days with a horse, roped steer, and the prairie, and the other his movie days with a reel camera, airplane, and polo rider. The school has an auditorium designed to serve 1,500 students.
Will Rogers High School was listed in the National Register on September 6, 2007. It was listed under National Register Criteria A and C, and its NRIS number is 07000918. « Back to List of Art Deco Buildings