Clay Hall was constructed as a women’s dormitory for Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, beginning in 1941. Only the center block was completed before World War II interrupted construction. The north wing was added in 1951 and the south wing, completing the symmetrical design, was added in 1959. The building housed over 250 women until it closed in 1987. Clay Hall remained vacant until it was sold for rehabilitation in 2011. The compromised roof and drainage system led to water infiltration and extensive damage to interior finishes. Enid Senior Residences, LLC redeveloped the site to provide quality affordable senior housing while showcasing high-quality preservation and redevelopment practices.
The $6.3M project included the sensitive rehabilitation of the building, repurposing the dorm rooms as apartment units while retaining the historic corridors and communal spaces. The spacious lobby was beautifully restored with elaborate trim and ornate fireplaces, one of which was missing and had to be rebuilt. Historic terrazzo floors and interior doors and trim were retained. Oversized wood windows were painstakingly repaired and restored.
Rosin Preservation worked with the ownership and design team to guide the project through the National Register and Historic Tax Credit processes. The project utilized state and federal historic tax credits as well as the state and federal low income housing tax credit programs. This project has revitalized a large, previously vacant property on the edge of a vibrant residential neighborhood, with stunning views of a picturesque lake and golf course.
325 Lakeview Drive<br> Enid, OK