The Walcourt

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: Residential
Year Built: 1910 | Year Abandoned: 1992
Status: Under Renovation
Photojournalist: AbandonedOK TeamBilly Dixon

Ad from the Oklahoman dated 01/29/1928.

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.”

Pictures Found

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:

If you happen to know who is pictured, please let us know!

Until recently, the building’s windows and doors were boarded up. A sign outside warned 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.

Renovation

Recently, construction has began to repurpose this historic landmark in office spaces. More details to follow! Click here to read Article by Steve Lackmeyer in 2018




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James McCollum
James McCollum
1 year ago

Currently being renovated! New roof, new windows, fixing the masonry where it’s needed. Excited to see it finished!

Sara
Sara
3 years ago

Until the family decides what they are going to do and the court agrees, it willl sit and rot. It's a shame greed and hatred for one another stifles potential greatness for all.

Jim Key
Jim Key
4 years ago

I have read somewhere that there have been several attempts to buy the old Walcourt, but the owners have refused all offers.

Shirley Simon
Shirley Simon
5 years ago

I lived in this building in 1965, it was awesome, so sorry that the owner will not sell or fix it back to its glory days.

Tjoene
Tjoene
5 years ago

Hi, why is this building called Walcourt?
Greetings from the village Walcourt (Belgium)

Thresa
Thresa
5 years ago

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
Bruce
6 years ago

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
Judith Wagenseller
6 years ago

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
kate
6 years ago

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
Stacey
6 years ago

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
6 years ago

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
dd okc
7 years ago

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

jenny
jenny
7 years ago

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

Meshelle
Meshelle
Reply to  jenny
6 years ago

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
bubba jones
Reply to  Meshelle
4 years ago

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

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7 years ago

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Kurt
Kurt
8 years ago

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
Micah
Reply to  Kurt
6 years ago

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
Josh miller
Reply to  Kurt
3 years ago

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
Danni
8 years ago

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
Pattycake603
8 years ago

How did you get permission to get INSIDE there??

Tracy
Tracy
9 years ago

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
Sandi
Reply to  Tracy
6 years ago

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

Meshelle
Meshelle
Reply to  Tracy
6 years ago

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
Jo&Dannt
Reply to  Meshelle
5 years ago

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

UnicornPie
UnicornPie
9 years ago

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
Snaps Magee
9 years ago

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
Kay
Reply to  Snaps Magee
4 years ago

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

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