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Goodbye to the Old...

The Leslie Powell Foundation initially occupied the second floor of the Little Chapel of Lawton, where it conducted monthly art exhibits and functions.

Original Gallery in the Little Chapel of Lawton.

..and Hello to the New!

At the top of the list of requirements was retaining the building's 1920s art deco flavor, while providing ample space for exhibits and other Foundation events and business activities. Roger Brown was the architect on the renovation project, and Dallas Howard was the contractor. The new home of the Leslie Powell Foundation and Gallery at 620 SW D Ave. in Lawton opened in 2000.

When the Leslie Powell Program outgrew that location, the Foundation wanted to keep the Gallery in the downtown area, and opted to renovate an existing structure in the historic section of downtown Lawton to suit the needs of the growing Program.

The building that now houses the Gallery was apparently built in the mid-1920s as part of the second wave of central business district construction when brick structures were being built instead of the early wooden structures.

gallery construction Aug. 2002
Gallery Director and husband at the new site as construction nears completion in August 2000.
Seating area in the right foyer welcomes visitors.
Open room in the new gallery.
North mid-gallery, Leslie Powell Foundation and Gallery.

The lecture hall at the new gallery is used for a variety of events, from formal receptions to the more informal Lunch Bag Lecture series.

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