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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 8, No. 4
December, 1930
OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Page 359

Historical Society Building

Foyer, Historical Society Building

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAS. F. COLCORD, President
THOS. H. DOYLE, Vice President
PHIL D. BREWER, Vice President
JASPER SIPES, Pres. Emeritus
GOVERNOR W. J. HOLLOWAY
THOS. A. EDWARDS
Wm. P. THOMPSON
MRS. EMMA ESTILL-HARBOUR
MRS. JESSIE E. MOORE
ROY M. JOHNSON
CHAS. F. BARRETT
MRS. FRANK KORN
W. A. LEDBETTER
Wm. S. KEY
R. A. SNEED
A. N. LEECRAFT
MRS. W. A. ROBLIN
R. L. WILLIAMS
GRANT FOREMAN
MRS. FRANK LUCAS
BAXTER TAYLOR
MRS. JOHN R. WILLIAMS
MRS. T. B. FERGUSON
E. E. DALE
HARRY CAMPBELL
MRS. EUGENE LAWSON
DAN W. PEERY, Secretary

BUILDING COMMITTEE

JUDGE ROBERT L. WILLIAMS, Chairman
JUDGE THOS. H. DOYLE, Vice Chairman
JUDGE PHIL D. BREWER
DAN W. PEERY
JASPER SIPES
W. A. LEDBETTER
Wm. S. KEY

Page 360

OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY BUILDING

(Description)

Building is built with a Georgia granite base & steps, Indiana limestone superstructure, plate glass in steel casements, Asphalt & gravel roof. Top floor has four galleries, two 35x80 & two 25x105 lighted entirely by sky & ceiling lights, day and night. Ground floor has auditorium to seat 400. Gallery for heavy museum pieces, newspaper stack-room, besides general toilets. 17x17 light courts to light upper halls and service rooms, also lower floors of the five stories of stacks, for library.

1st floor has large reading-room for library, reading room for newspapers, room for Patriotic Societies, Staff room, etc.

2nd floor has offices and work rooms for Historical Society Staff, room for each—Spanish American—World's-Civil War and Confederate War Veterans—Women's organizations, etc.

3rd floor and top floor mostly galleries for museum and pictures.

The construction is fire proof, reinforced concrete construction. Public floors are marble, Gallery floors parketry work—oak and walnut.

Trim is the finest of American walnut. Principal rooms and corridors, etc. beautifully decorated.

Building has automatic passenger and freight elevators and automatic book lifts for library and newspaper stacks. Building has elaborate heating and ventilating system, steam coming from heating plant of Capitol.

Each floor has electrically cooled drinking fountain.

Two block site; part of State Capitol Grounds; has been graded and terraced and all approach work done within the appropriation of $500,000.00.

Layton, Hicks and Forsyth—Architect. Holmboe Construction Co., Builders.

Yours truly,

(Signed) EDWARD P. BOYD,
Supervising Architect.

Judge R. L. Williams

Chas. F. Colcord

Page 361

SENATE BILL NO. 24

By Rice, Loofbourrow, Fidler, Kimerer, Rexroot, Austin, Ewing, Hill, Nesbitt and McDonald of the Senate; Leecraft, Snoddy, Graham, Moon, Campbell, Daniel, Cloyd, Stovall, Busey, Smith, Orner, Faulk, Skinner, Phillips, Strickland, Jones (Stephens), Wasson, Brown, Babb, Keenan, Roper, Mitchell, Hoover, Sears and Houston of the House.

AN ACT providing for the construction of a building to be located on the State Capitol Grounds in Oklahoma City to be used by the Oklahoma Historical Society, all organizations of all veteran soldiers and sailors and patriotic societies of the State of Oklahoma, said building to provide rooms for meetings and headquarters for all organizations of service men and auxiliary societies and associations in this State and for the use and occupancy of said building by the Oklahoma Historical Society, its library, museum, and other effects and property and for public meetings therein and its use for other public purposes, the construction of said building to be under the supervision of the State Board of Affairs and the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society, said building to be located on the State Capitol Grounds in accordance with the "Kessler Plan" and the architect's plans to be approved by the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and making appropriation for said purposes, and declaring an emergency.

The above is the title of the bill appropriating $500,000.00 from the Public Building Funds of the State for the construction of the Historical Building.

Approved by Governor W. J. Holloway and became the law March 1, 1929.

Page 362

PROGRAM

DEDICATION NEW BUILDING
OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

NOVEMBER 15, 1930, 1:30 P. M.


HON. CHARLES F. COLCORD, President
OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY


JUDGE R. L. WILLIAMS, Presiding

Music --------------- CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL BAND
Invocation --------------- REV. J. J. METHVIN
Address --------------- HON. WM. J. HOLLOWAY, GOVERNOR
Address --------------- HON. WM. H. MURRAY, INCOMING GOVERNOR
Accordion Number --------------- HON. SIDNEY SUGGS
Address --------------- HON. FRANK H. GREER
Address --------------- MISS ALICE ROBERTSON
Address --------------- HON. THOMAS H. DOYLE
Introduction --------------- CHAIRMAN Of PATRIOTIC SOCIETIES

Jasper Sipes

Page 363

RESOLUTION

It is hereby resolved that it is the sense of the Historical Society of Oklahoma as expressed herein through its Board of Directors:

1. That the Society thank the Building Committee for the discharge of its duties in the manifold phases of the erection of the Historical Building. They exercised an intelligence that shall ever be gratifying in their selection of the style and character of building that was constructed; they discharged, with the utmost diligence, their duties of supervision of the construction work. Every dollar appropriated was honestly and with commendable business judgment expended. This noble edifice in its stability and eternal beauty attests how well the Building Committee did its work.

2. That the Historical Society thank Mr. Edward P. Boyd, the supervising architect, for his good and faithful service. He wrought with an understanding and ever vigilant care, and, so to speak, was the eyes of the Building Committee. His inflexible honesty, his ripe experience and learning were here exemplified in the building of this temple.

3. That to the Holmboe Construction Company, who did the building work, we express our very keen appreciation and our thanks. This company did in very truth a work of excellence in every detail. It shall be an enduring testimonial of master craftsmanship.

4. The architects of the Historical Building were Layton, Hicks & Forsyth. This firm drew the plans and specifications and supervised all construction work. It was they who worked out the plans, both as to utility and to the general and detailed arrangements of each column and arch and balustrade and lintel. In its noble design, its gracefulness of proportions, its simple stateliness, it is a work of the beautiful.

To its architects full credit is given for a work faithfully and gloriously executed.

Committee on Resolutions:

JUDGE BAXTER TAYLOR, Chairman,
MRS. FRANK KORN,
GEN. CHARLES F. BARRETT,
MRS. FRANK LUCAS,
JUDGE THOS. A. EDWARDS,
CHARLES F. COLCORD.

Page 364

Sketch

W. P. Campbell

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