Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Clara E. Jones Administration Building

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Institution Name: Oklahoma City University
Original/Historic Place Name: Administration Building
Location on Campus: (east side) 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1922original construction Schmidt, William T.
Designer: William T. Schmidt
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: reinforced concrete
Walls: masonry
Roof: raised-seam metal
ca. 1922chapel
ca. 1922library
ca. 1922classrooms (including science laboratories)
ca. 1922-2004administration (financial aid, business, registrar, security, institutional advancement)
ca. 2004-present (2006)admissions office

Built in 1924, the Administration Building was the first building on campus. Although the interior has undergone complete renovation, the exterior remains essentially the same.

Outdoors, the east side of the building has a stone plaza; the west has a statue entitled "The Pioneer Preacher," especially appropriate in light of the college's close connection with the United Methodist Church. Burberry hedges, waxleaf ligustrum hedges, pines and spruce, oak and pear trees, and various annuals add seasonal color.

The building is currently undergoing tuckpointing and exterior restoration in order to preserve the oldest campus traditions.


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.


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