Superintendent Bruce Noble is pleased to announce that the Travertine Nature Center at Chickasaw National Recreation Area was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 25, 2011.  The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is a part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.


Built in 1969, the Travertine Nature Center is considered significant at the local level as a reflection of the National Park Service’s Mission 66 and Parkscape USA programs that focused on environmental issues in the 1960s. The programs updated and modernized the national park visitor experience in the post-war era. Built to serve as a visitor facility in Platt National Park (Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Platt Historic District), the modern design of the Travertine Nature Center incorporates the style of the park’s rustic Civilian Conservation Corps-era buildings, with layered stone walls, a low ground hugging profile, and strong horizontal forms. Regional architects Mackie & Kamrath of Houston, Texas designed the Travertine Nature Center to reflect Frank Lloyd Wright’s style of architecture.


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For Immediate Release

Lauren Gurniewicz, 580 622-7282