The Walcourt REVISITED

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: Residential
Year Built: 1910
Year Abandoned: 1992
Status: Under Renovation
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler MooreBilly Dixon

The Walcourt building was built in 1927 by architect Joe Davis and builder Charles G. Beveridge and opened as an apartment building by its original owner, H.E. Musson. The 9,378-square-foot, two-story red brick building was designed in a Jacobethan Revival style of architecture.

In 1982, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic places. At the time, it was described as “architecturally interesting.”

Inside we managed to find a few old slides that contained pictures of families and people living in the Walcourt. Here are the slides we found:

Today, the building’s windows and doors remain boarded up. A sign outside warns against trespassing. Beside the building is a vacant wood-framed house at 141 NE 13th St., which is enclosed along with the Walcourt building by a shared fence.

 

Below is an ad from the Oklahoman dated 01/29/1928.

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Thresa
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Thresa

This old building is just beautiful! I am amazed that a lot of the wood is still in such good condition, would give anything to have some of those doors that have the dark stained wood in the center, even though the outside edges have been painted, they could always be stripped down and stained. And the staircase, love, love, love it! Thanks for posting the pictures, it is a shame it is just setting there abandoned.

Bruce
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Bruce

the mail for the owners of the building go to an address where they don't live. The deed changed hands in the 1970s so the owners are most likely deceased and it's in the hands of a trust now.

Judith Wagenseller
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Judith Wagenseller

I love this old building. I drive by it periodically and wish I had the money to buy and fix it up. It is beautiful. I am always amazed someone has not done that already.

kate
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kate

One of my colleagues sent this link to me since she knew that I and another colleague went urban exploring there about 10 years ago. We were able to see some of the things but not all. We were met by a man that asked us to leave. He said he was hired to "watch" the property (I think he lives nearby). We asked if it or the home next to it were for sale. He said that the lady that owned them thought about restoring them but was not interested in selling at the time. It would be a… Read more »

Stacey
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Stacey

I was so glad to find these photos. I have been intrigued by Walcort since I first saw it. So many people I know are. Everyone just wants to have it returned to it's former self. Have the owners ever said why they haven't done anything with it or sold it? Just curious if anyone knows. I am sure it would be a HUGE expense to refurbish. But so worth it.

Michelle J. Sander
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My mother in law just showed me this place today. We kind of snuck past the gate lolol. I love seeing abandoned buildings, I wish I could have them all, history is love.

dd okc
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dd okc

I work nearby and pass this building often. Would love if someone would purchase and restore. It's beautiful.

jenny
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jenny

u have to contact a realoter so they can do a bid or talk to the bank that holds the papers

Meshelle
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Meshelle

The bank doesn't own the property and since it's not on the market for sale, there's no need to contact a Realtor.

bubba jones
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bubba jones

How the hell would you know MeeeeShelle? Do you have a real estate crystal ball?

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Kurt
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Kurt

I would gather from the near expletive signage outside and what looks like removal of many if not all of the brass/copper fixtures in the building that they had a couple bouts of theft and breaking and entering. A little tagging here and there, i could imagine the owner if she ever saw it, had alot of heartbreak when these events happened and hasn't had the time/interest in recovering from it. I'm no expert (besides being an armchair general contractor) but i'd say at face value there needs to be about 250-300 thousand dollars invested to meet code, especially to… Read more »

Micah
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Micah

Good stuff man, I visited this building with my girlfriend yesterday and noticed the lead paint, I made it a point to put our noses in our shirts during our exploration. People need to know this.

Josh miller
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Josh miller

I wish I could buy this place. I want to fix it up. But I would want to turn it into my own personal house.

Danni
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Danni

How did the place go downhill so fast? From what I read, it was open into the 70's- why does it look so gutted and aged? I have seen other places abandoned in the 70's that looked in better condition 🙁

Pattycake603
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Pattycake603

How did you get permission to get INSIDE there??

Tracy
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Tracy

Thank you for taking these pictures even though they made me cry!! I've done a lot of research on this building and have been drawn to it since I was a small child. My husband and I have written letters asking if the owners would be interested in selling it, but have never gotten any reply. I would love to fix it up and make it beautiful again like it was back in the "old" days.

Sandi
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Sandi

Wow I wish you could! Why would you not want to sell if it's just sitting there deteriorating.

Meshelle
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Meshelle

Tracy, I just happened along this website and read your comments regarding the Walcourt building. I do have some information to pass along to you and your husband if you are still interested in possibly purchasing this particular building. If you are still interested, please contact me via email at cmeshelle@yahoo.com. My name is Meshelle Clipper I would be more than happy to put you and your husband in contact with the correct person.

Jo&Dannt
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Jo&Dannt

Meshelle,
If they have not contacted you, please contact me. I am very interested.
keokuk1959@yahoo.com

UnicornPie
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UnicornPie

The evidence of painting creeps me out. It's like they started but then abandoned it again. Have you heard anything about that?? I love these photos. Thanks for posting!!

Snaps Magee
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Snaps Magee

The Shasta can is from the 1970's. The family photos (clearly at Christmas) are from the early 70's. You gotta love the old man's orange suit and white tie! I can't get over that Shasta can have sat there for 35 years. That's the kind of stuff I like to see here – little throwaway moments from generations past frozen in time. I admire Rex Garton's tenacity. Failing at being elected sheriff, he goes for Commissioner! I googled him and he still lives in Edmond, OK. A mystery to me is the recent painting and clean-up evident in some rooms.… Read more »

Kay
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Kay

The baby blue phone caught my attention. Amazing stuff. Takes me back!

Ted
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Ted

Love it! Beautiful pictures too, especially the shots with the light coming thought the windows.

Missy
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Missy

I have always wondered about the Walcourt. Thanks for posting.

Micah
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Micah

It's sad really, my girlfriend and I visited yesterday and there was evidence of homeless squatting, not the good kind either, feces in plastic bags, litter from canned food, empty plastic liquor bottles, dirty clothes strewn about. the apartment upstairs on the south side of the building would make a very nice place to squat if the said squatter had the ability to make the place livable.

Karl John Nigg
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I heard you guys went to the old Cottonwood Manor. Is that true?

Denny
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Denny

I wish the owner of this place would do fix it up and reopen this place.^_^

Tracy R
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Tracy R

My husband & I have written many letters to the Trustees of the Walcourt asking them if they are interested in selling and we have never gotten any reply. I would love to fix it up and make it a bed & breakfast. But alas.. I can't get a reply.. These pictures break my heart!

Stacey
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Stacey

Many, many years ago, I also tried to contact the trustees and never received a response. Sad.

Micah
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Micah

You should go in there and check it out, its very sad to see such a beautiful building with so much potential go to shit like that.

Diane
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Diane

What is the contact information for the trustees? Please let me know…adiane37@hotmail.com

Abby
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Abby

I really like the new post and pictures. Great job guys.

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