The Victor Building

A new addition to my Back Alley Guthrie series…

12″ x 12″ oil on canvas

This building has a fascinating history. It was designed by renowned architect Joseph Foucart and built in 1893 only 4 years after the Oklahoma Land Run. There was quite a squabble about the claim, Winfield Smith finally won after being evicted off the lot, the sheriff having thrown a rope around the wooden building erected there, and dragging it a couple blocks down the street. Instead of naming the building after himself, Smith called it the Victor Building, proclaiming his victory over the claim. The lot was highly coveted as it sits right next to Federal land which is now the Post Office.


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