kerr family chickasaw pavilion

project team

fitzsimmons architects


2010 |

AIA Central Oklahoma Excellence in Design – Unbuilt Design Merit

Located near Ada, Oklahoma on a high site that overlooks the surrounding countryside, the Kerr Family Homestead is the birthplace of the late Oklahoma Senator, Robert S. Kerr.  The recently restored 1890s Kerr Cabin sits at the crest of the hill.  Kerr Pavilion is located lower on the slope.  Keeping a low profile, the pavilion, with its muted materials and low stance, blends with its environment, keeping the focus on the historic cabin.

Senator Kerr’s slogan, “Land, Wood and Water” manifests itself in elements of the pavilion: it is recessed into land, the concrete retaining walls are poured in the traditional “board-formed” method, leaving woodgrain imprints on their surfaces, and the broad Corten roof sheds water into an intricate drainage system that leaves a rust residue, permanently marking water’s path in wet or dry conditions.