Regular OKC Central contributor Will Hider continues to provide some great photos of our constantly changing downtown skyline. In today’s collection, he brilliantly shows how the new John W. Rex Elementary, being built at Sheridan and Walker, and the new Hunsucker building, being built just to the west of the school, are set to dramatically change how Film Row connects to the rest of downtown. I wrote about this earlier this year, but really, it’s only with these images by Will (and a couple provided by Downtown Builds Twitter account) that we can really appreciate the change that is underway.
First, before we begin, let’s take a bird’s eye look at Film Row (Sheridan Avenue) prior to this construction having started:
Notice first that Stage Center, bottom lower left corner of this photo, is set to be torn down and replaced with a new high-rise tower being developed by Rainey Williams. It is across the street from the Myriad Gardens and Devon Energy Center, so essentially it extends the Central Business District to Sheridan and Walker. To the west of Stage Center we’ve had almost two full city blocks of empty lots on the south side of the street, creating a vast divide between the Central Business District and Film Row (the start of Film Row, at Dewey Avenue, is marked by the special movie spotlight design in the intersection of Dewey and Sheridan).
The largest lot in the middle of the above aerial photo is where the John W. Rex Elementary is being built:
Then, at the southwest corner of Dewey and Sheridan, the Hunsucker building is being built:
And now, Will Hider’s photos give us a glimpse of how it is all beginning to take shape:
Remaining photos are from @dtokcbuildings on Twitter: