BLACKWELL — A hotel once listed as endangered and a rare barn constructed in the 1800s have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, a sign that shows the structures' significance, the executive director of a nonprofit group supporting preservation in Oklahoma says.
The Larkin Hotel in downtown Blackwell was among five properties that the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office announced last week had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel, which was built between 1923 and 1924, was the first and only four-story building constructed in Blackwell. It was put on Preservation Oklahoma's list of most endangered properties in 2012.
The James H. Bounds Barn in Marshall County was built around 1890. The four-crib log barn is the only one of its kind in Oklahoma.
“It means now two important structures have been deemed locally significant. It's a recognition. It does not provide any sort of legal protection or financial assistance. It's just a way of acknowledging that structure's importance,” said David Pettyjohn, executive director of Preservation Oklahoma, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting preservation efforts. Preservation Oklahoma sponsored the nomination of the two properties.