Joseph Foucart: The Architect Who Transformed Guthrie and then mysteriously disappeared
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From the King's Court to the Wild West
Some people travel for pleasure-just to see the world. Maybe that's the reason Joseph Foucart headed for America. At any rate, Joseph was a very talented architect who used to work for the king of Belgium in Europe.
But for some reason, he left Europe and landed in a place called Guthrie, Oklahoma in the United States in June 1889. When Joseph arrived in Guthrie, he became very interested in the possibilities of the area.
Maybe the area inspired his creativity.
The wide open spaces and new people could have sparked his imagination. He found a place where he could use his talent in designing buildings and create something amazing. After he was done, he'd actually designed and built six beautiful buildings in just eight months, which is really fast!
The buildings he designed looked like castles, palaces, and fortresses, which made a small town like Guthrie very famous in the Southwest.
The Architect who built castles.....disappears
Joseph was so talented that he even designed the administration building for Northwestern State and Williams Hall for Oklahoma State University.
But strangely, after he finished building these amazing buildings, he disappeared from Guthrie just as mysteriously as he had arrived.
Joseph's Mysterious Disappearance
No one really knows why Joseph left Europe or why he left Guthrie. But what we do know is that he was a very important architect in Oklahoma's history. He was the first architect in Oklahoma, and his buildings are still standing today as a reminder of his amazing talent.
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