Beckham County Courthouse

Beckham County Courthouse
Famous Courthouse featured in the movie, "The Grapes of Wrath." This beautiful structure was completed in 1911 at a cost of $69,000. Designed by the architectural firm of Layton, Wemyss Smith and Hawk, it was built by Oklahoma Quarries and construction Company. The building is a symmetrical blend of Neo-Classical and Second Renaissance Revival styles. Outstanding features included colossal Doric columns above the main entryway, classical pilasters, a grooved surface on the ground floor, and distinctive belt courses. The most unique part of the design was the dome, with a colonnade supporting a vaulted and gabled roof. On top of that was a smaller dome reproduced to scale.


Downtown Sayre, Oklahoma.




Information from

National Register of Historic Places
Beckham County Courthouse (added 1984 - Building - #84002968)
Courthouse Sq., Sayre
  • Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
  • Architect, builder, or engineer: Layton,Smith, & Hawk, Oklahoma Quarries & Construction Co.
  • Architectural Style: No Style Listed
  • Area of Significance: Politics/Government, Architecture
  • Period of Significance: 1900-1924
  • Owner: Local Gov't
  • Historic Function: Government
  • Historic Sub-function: Courthouse
  • Current Function: Government
  • Current Sub-function: Courthouse
In one famous scene in the movie "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) you can see the Beckham County Courthouse in Sayre, Oklahoma, as the Joad family journeys down Route 66 towards California.