State Rep. Avery Frix (R-Muskogee) today commented on the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Muskogee and the Hotel Muskogee being added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The church, currently named The Praise Center Family Church, at 304 N. 7th; and the Hotel Muskogee, at 26 W. Broadway, were selected by the National Park Service for the designation. The properties also are listed in the State Register of Historic Places.
“I’m pleased these properties in Muskogee were chosen for this recognition,” Frix said. “This will help us preserve these pieces of our local heritage and allow the property owners special protections.”
According to the National Register, the 1923 First Church of Christ, Scientist, is an excellent local example of a late 19th to early 20th Century revival/mission revival-style building and was nominated for architectural significance under criterion c for the year 1923. The building retains its integrity of location, setting, design, materials, and workmanship and still provides the feeling and association of a neighborhood worship center. More about the church can be read here.
The Hotel Muskogee, meanwhile, was built in 1922 and 1923 and opened in 1923. It is listed as locally significant under criterion in the area of social history for the years 1923-1969. The hotel served primarily male sales representatives involved in manufacturing and wholesale distribution. Because of this narrow clientele, the hotel is said to illustrate the gendered nature of a growing “business culture” in America, which changed after 1969.
From the mid-1920s through the 1940s, the Hotel Muskogee represented the link between the nation’s commerce and that of Muskogee and also the segregation of the genders in the business world. The Register lists that the building retains a high degree of integrity of location and setting. More about the hotel can be read here.
The National Register is the Federal Government’s official list of historic properties worthy of preservation. It is authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and part of the National Park Service. Places are selected for the quality of their significance in American history, architecture, archeology or culture, among other reasons.
Properties listed on the National Register qualify for certain federal tax credits and other protections.