Alley seen as key to latest MidTown Renaissance development in Oklahoma City

Work is under way in Oklahoma City to transform the old Guardian Garage and an adjoining alley in MidTown into housing and retail.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: September 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm •  Published: September 19, 2012

The building design itself is seen as unique, with larger than usual casement windows that will allow for some of the most generous window views of any housing in downtown Oklahoma City. The exterior features, Fitzsimmons noted, are unlike any of the other Art Deco buildings found in Oklahoma City.

“It's pseudo-gothic, pseudo-Art Deco,” Fitzsimmons said, “but definitely Oklahoma.”

The apartments, with high floor-to-ceiling heights, are being created with additional raised mezzanine lofts.

The Guardian, which is being renovated by Lingo Construction, is set for completion later this year. Fitzsimmons, who also oversaw renovation of a smaller apartment building at 815 NW 12 for MidTown Renaissance, is about to see his next renovation at 430 NW 12 take shape where an old office building is being converted into apartments.

“We are extremely excited about the project,” Fleming said. “Fitzsimmons Architects came up with a historically compatible, modern design that considers even the most infinitesimally small detail.”

Fleming said his firm also is moving forward soon with redevelopment of the Hotel Marion at NW 10 and Broadway, and the 1100 and 1101 N Broadway buildings.

“Everything has been well received by the marketplace,” Fleming said. “People are looking to downtown and MidTown for ‘live, work and play.' We've gotten to tag along with a lot of other success stories, including St. Anthony Hospital.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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