You are here

Kim

-A A +A

Kim (1917, 5,690 feet) is on the site of a farming village, founded around 1893, which failed because the settlers knew little about dry-land farming. Olin D. Simpson started the present town when he built a post office–store on his homestead and named it for Rudyard Kipling's boy hero. Today, Kim is surrounded by acreage reclaimed from the Dust Bowl as the Comanche National Grasslands.

As is true of some other tiny, poor towns, Kim's most impressive structures are masonry monuments to the WPA. The County Garage (1938) and the Kim High School and Kim Elementary School (c. 1939, WPA), 425 State Street, are constructed of local sandstone. The school complex consists of a pair of flat-roofed classrooms flanking a two-story, hip-roofed gymnasium, which now houses the Kim Activity Center. The vernacular Romanesque Revival gym with its random stone coursing looks as if it might have been a project to teach masonry techniques to novices. The more refined classroom buildings have stepped parapets and facades that hint at Art Deco.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Thomas J. Noel

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,