"The Douglass at Page Woodson is an incredible success story of redevelopment—taking a historic building in a once again growing area and converting it into affordable housing, the site provides residents with the sense of identity, history, and authenticity that engenders well-being."
—Cayla Lewis, Executive Director of Preservation Oklahoma
The Douglass at Page Woodson
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The restoration and adaptation of Page Woodson School into affordable apartments marks a vibrant cultural renewal in Oklahoma City. In a public-private partnership, the badly decayed 1910 school house—renamed in 1934 for abolitionist Frederick Douglass when it became an all-black high school—underwent extensive restoration and now accommodates 60 affordable apartments and a community auditorium.
Historic guests of the building’s auditorium included jazz great Duke Ellington, singer Marian Anderson, and Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first African American Supreme Court justice.