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    Oklahoma's Best Museum for Natural History

    by mrclay2000 Written Apr 8, 2003

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    Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

    Once residing in poor quarters on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the comprehensive collection of millions of artefacts and fossils from 300 million years of Oklahoma history now sits under the impressive 195,000 sq ft Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, which opened in the year 2000. Some of the galleries prohibit photography (due to copyrighted works), but others encourage the use of a camera (a tripod is admissible with special permission).

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    Gothic Credentials

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 8, 2003

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    southern facade, 56-foot main window

    The Gothic belltower on the McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church rises 112 feet above the walk below, flanking a row of stained glass windows on the west side, and towering over the huge 56ft by 32ft main window. Farther east on the southern facade is a bay window, an expensive ornament not often found on 20th century American churches. If you look more closely, you can see that even the splay (the three-dimensional arch over the doorways) is ornamented.

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    Gothic Wonder

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    McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church, western side

    Though the front 56-foot window is complemented by four similar windows on the western side of the sanctuary (the original 1924 church before the additions), the interior view is one of simple glass segments that depict no allegory or religious passage. Sadly, the recent additions to the interior have almost blocked the entirety of the main window, leaving only the upper third. Note here the additional design over the northwest doorway, and the stately belltower that has no equal in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

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    House of Worship

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    McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church, interior

    Like many houses of worship in the United States, the McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church loses some of its grandeur in a more functional, less ornate interior. Due to the rich endowment of $700,000 in 1924 that allowed the completion of this church, the interior can boast Bedford and Caen stone from France, and walnut and gum wood in the sanctuary auditorium.

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    Best Gothic in the Metropolitan Area

    by mrclay2000 Written Apr 8, 2003

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    McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church

    Dedicated in 1924, the McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church is the most handsome religious structure in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Built of Indiana limestone and financed by an oilman whose only real tie to Norman stems from the burial of his son here, this Gothic marvel surprisingly remains nowhere on the national register of historic sites. Just three blocks north of the University of Oklahoma campus and facing southward, perhaps the better to receive its original congregation, there is no more stately Gothic edifice within 100 miles.

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    See the Sooner Schooner!

    by Rich62 Written May 2, 2012
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    When OU scores a touchdown, the Sooner Schooner rolls across the field while the crowd cheers. See a retired Sooner Schooner in the Student Union building.

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