Bank of Bigheart

Infobox_nrhp | name =Bank of Bigheart
nrhp_type =



caption =Bank of Bigheart
location= Barnsdall, Oklahoma
lat_degrees = 36 | lat_minutes = 33 | lat_seconds = 42.87 | lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 96 | long_minutes = 9 | long_seconds = 41.26 | long_direction = W
area =
built =1911
architect=
architecture= Richardsonian Romanesque
added = November 23, 1984
governing_body = Private
mpsub=Richardsonian Romanesque Banks of Osage County TR
refnum=84000311 cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
The Bank of Bigheart is a historic commercial building in the town of Barnsdall, Oklahoma. The building was constructed in 1911 during the peak of the oil boom in Osage County, and after a tornado had destroyed much of the town in April of that year. Barnsdall was, at that time known as Bigheart. (The name was changed in 1921.) The first floor of the building originally contained the bank, which closed in the 1930s. It has since contained a variety of businesses including a drug store and tavern. It currently houses a restaurant. The second floor was originally used as professional offices and continued to do so at least through the 1980s. It is the oldest surviving commercial building in Barnsdall. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 23, 1984.

The building is an example of late Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. It is built of native sandstone. The lower level features large arched windows typical of Richardsonian Romanesque buildings. The upper story has smaller deeply set window with straight tops which arranged in ribbon-like fashion, while the roof line features crenelations, both of which are characteristic of Richardsonian Romanesque. It is one of four small bank buildings built in Richardsonian Romanesque style in Osage County, Oklahoma during 1904-1911.citation|title=PDFlink| [http://www.nr.nps.gov/multiples/64000681.pdf National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Submission: Richardsonian Romanesque Banks of Osage County TR] |32 MiB|date=December, 1983| accessdate=2008-02-12 |author=Claudia Ahmad and George Carney|publisher=National Park Service] The others are Bank of Hominy, Bank of Burbank, and Osage Bank of Fairfax.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

References

* [http://www.gendisasters.com/data1/ok/tornadoes/bigheart-tornado1911.htm Articles on 1911 tornado]
* [http://www.ocgi.okstate.edu/shpo/shpopic.asp?id=84000311 Oklahoma State Historical Preservation Office entry.]


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