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  • ID: I08759
  • Name: Alfred I Paul Murrah , Federal District Judge 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 27 OCT 1904 in TISHOMINGO, INDIAN TERRITORY, UNITED STATES
  • Death: 30 OCT 1975 in OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES
  • _NAMS: Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Social Security Number: 441-46-8744 - OKLAHOMA
  • Reference Number: 8759
  • Note:
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    1910 United States Federal Census

    Name: Alford P Murrah
    Age in 1910: 5
    Estimated birth year: abt 1905
    Birthplace: Oklahoma
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Father's name: George W
    Father's Birth Place: Alabama
    Mother's name: Nora
    Mother's Birth Place: Alabama
    Home in 1910: Shirley, Grady, Oklahoma
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    George W Murrah 44
    Nora Murrah 34
    Dea C Murrah 15
    Alford P Murrah 5
    George M Murrah 3
    Percy E Murrah 4/12


    1930 United States Federal Census

    Name: A R Murrah
    Home in 1930: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
    Age: 26
    Estimated birth year: abt 1904
    Birthplace: Oklahoma
    Relation to Head of House: Friend
    Race: White
    Occupation:
    Education:
    Military Service:
    Rent/home value:
    Age at first marriage:
    Parents' birthplace: View image
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Grandelle Lernlaub 33
    Rufus Williams 25
    A R Murrah 26
    E G Hannaford 27

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    MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING

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    In 1972, the General Services Administration hired the joint venture architectural firm of Shaw and Associates / Locke, Wright, and Foster Architects to design the General Services Administration Office Building in Oklahoma City. It was later renamed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. James Loftis, the
    Head Designer of Shaw and Associates, as well as Jim Cross of Locke, Wright and Foster, were taken on a whirlwind tour of the "state of the art" Federal Buildings in Washington D.C., New York, and Boston in order to get an idea of the style that should be achieved. From these tours they determined the style of building they were looking for.

    In March of 1973, the design process of the building actually began. With a budget of $15, 822,000.00, the GSA Federal Building in Oklahoma City was made as "state of the art" as possible. At an actual cost of $13,279,000.00, the building was designed and constructed past the expectations of the General
    Services Administration for a savings of approximately $2.5 million, a 13% savings. Completed in March of 1977 and dedicated in October of the same year, the Federal Building was designed to be the most energy efficient federal building in its GSA region. A title it easily claimed. The building was a 9 story, rebar reinforced, concrete structure which utilized flame polished granite for the endcaps of the building. It also featured bronze tinted glass, which was later replaced in favor of more efficient windows. The Federal Building also exhibited an award winning plaza which was designed to be fully handicap accessible, as was the rest of the structure. Designed to be the first of a rejuvinizing force in the downtown area, the building's South Face, the true front of the building, was equipped with observation decks which provided a commanding view of the Oklahoma City skyline. The combination of the observation areas and the fountain adorned pedestrian plaza won the building honors from the
    American Institute of Architects in 1983 as one of Oklahoma's 10 Best Buildings.

    With an address of 200 NW 5th Street, the building's property bordered NW 5th Street to the North, NW 4th St. to the South, N. Robinson Ave. to the East, and N. Harvey to the West. The building lay-out was in a rectangular fashion with each floor except the first being 70' by 200'. This design allowed for a gross
    square footage of 397,346 sq. ft., with 316,539 sq.ft. of the structure assignable (approx. 107,000 sq.ft. Of office space, 196,000 sq.ft. of storage areas, and 11,750 sq.ft. for rest rooms, cafeterias, etc.). The building was built to set exactly on the property line of the North side of the building. The first floor, however, was inset to allow pedestrians to pass by on the sidewalk.

    The fully sprinklered building was provided with a 4 level, 600 car parking garage, also fully sprinklered. Of the 4 levels, 3 were under the plaza and designed to be shared with the existing Federal Courthouse. The buildings were also linked by an underground tunnel which connected the Courthouse and Murrah
    Building parking area.

    Due to the fact that the building was intended for use by federal agencies, several security precautions were taken into account, however, the risk was assessed as "low" by the Federal Protective Services. One of the requirements by the GSA was that the building must have a self stored, uncontaminated fuel
    supply for use by the government if the need should arise. The building was also designed to allow a truck and trailer to drive into an enclosed and secured area to load or unload materials at the building. The building was not, however, outfitted with metal detectors. Another precaution taken was the fact that the first floor contained no windows, a measure to prevent drive by shootings or small explosives. In addition to the structural security, the building had one uniformed guard who was shared between the four federal office buildings. There was also a GSA security specialist assigned to the Oklahoma City area. A security review, done 6 weeks before the bombing, found no need for change in the building's security level.

    Housed in the building were numerous federal agencies, totaling an approximate 724 employees. Among these agencies were the U.S. Marshall's Office, General Services Administration, Social Security Administration, General Accounting Office, U.S. Army Recruiting, Personnel Management, Defense Audit Agency, Department of Health and Human Services, Secret Service, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Customs, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Agriculture, Veterans Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Marine Recruiting, and Drug Enforcement Administration . Also housed in the building were some
    non-government entities such as the "America's Kids Day Care Center," the Federal Employees Credit Union and a Snack Bar / Food Court area on the 4th floor.




    Father: George Washington Murrah b: BET 1856 AND 1866
    Mother: Lenora M. Simmons

    Marriage 1 Agnes Maude Milam b: ABT 1904
      Children
      1. Has No Children Alfred II Paul Murrah , Attorney at Law b: 5 OCT 1933 in OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES
      2. Has No Children Living Murrah
      3. Has No Children Living Murrah

      Sources:
      1. 1910 United States Federal Census

        Name: Alford P Murrah
        Age in 1910: 5
        Estimated birth year: abt 1905
        Birthplace: Oklahoma
        Relation to Head of House: Son
        Father's name: George W
        Father's Birth Place: Alabama
        Mother's name: Nora
        Mother's Birth Place: Alabama
        Home in 1910: Shirley, Grady, Oklahoma
        Marital Status: Single
        Race: White
        Gender: Male
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Household Members: Name Age
        George W Murrah 44
        Nora Murrah 34
        Dea C Murrah 15
        Alford P Murrah 5
        George M Murrah 3
        Percy E Murrah 4/12.
      2. 1930 United States Federal Census

        Name: A R Murrah
        Home in 1930: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
        Age: 26
        Estimated birth year: abt 1904
        Birthplace: Oklahoma
        Relation to Head of House: Friend
        Race: White
        Occupation:

        Education:

        Military Service:

        Rent/home value:

        Age at first marriage:

        Parents' birthplace: View image
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Household Members: Name Age
        Grandelle Lernlaub 33
        Rufus Williams 25
        A R Murrah 26
        E G Hannaford 27.
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