Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center

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Institution Name: Oklahoma City University
Original/Historic Place Name: Fine Arts Building
Location on Campus: (east side) 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1927original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: reinforced concrete
Walls: masonry with concrete trim
Roof: standing-seam metal
ca. 1927-present (2006)theater
ca. 1927-present (2006)auditorium
ca. 1927-present (2006)academic department building (performing arts)
ca. 2004-present (2006)auditorium (recital hall)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (practice rooms)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (scenery and costume workshops)

The Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center was the second building on campus. Aviator Charles Lindbergh participated in the groundbreaking ceremony. The building has been the venue for drama, comedy, and opera performances and for many years has been considered one of the city's cultural centers.

Outside the building, raised planters with pygmy barberry hedge are in front, and Bradford pear trees, crepe myrtles, and red maples surround the building.


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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