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  • First Look at Rand Elliott's Addition to Downtown's Flat Iron Building

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Let’s start with a statement we can all agree with: architect Rand Elliott is not subtle. This past year he and Chuck Ainsworth needed to work a bit with the Urban Renewal Authority commissioners before getting their approval for designs that included adding a third floor to the long-blighted...

  • First Look at Bricktown's Steelyard Hotels

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    ADG, which won accolades for its design of the Bricktown Inn Express, is once again working with Texas-based NewcrestImage on two hotels that will be built at the northeast corner of Joe Carter Avenue and Sheridan Avenue. Officials with NewcrestImage declined to provide another update on the...

  • Celebrating Healthy Living (and having fun) at Open Streets

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Aerial Photo by Stephen Tyler, stphntylr.com The second annual Open Streets festival on Uptown NW 23 drew thousands on what was a perfect afternoon weather wise. Some of you have followed my brief updates on my journey to better health. Two years ago I couldn’t have even contemplated walking...

  • Join Me For A Tour of the Hotel Marion and Appetizers and Drinks at Broadway/10 Chophouse

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

        On Monday, March 9th (next week), The Oklahoman will be hosting another Oklahoman VIP tour and visit with developers for subscribers. A lot of readers have expressed interest in the Hotel Marion at 110 NW 10, a 108-year-old gem of a building which was boarded up and on the verge of...

  • The Oklahoman's Downtown History

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    While preparing coverage for this weekend’s coverage of The Oklahoman’s move to downtown, I delved into the history of the newspaper and sought to resolve, at least for myself, what seemed to be a contradiction in books and stories produced over the years about the paper’s early days. There was...

  • Century Center, Then and Now

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    The Sheraton Century Center Hotel (now just known as the Sheraton Hotel) and Century Center Mall were developed concurrently and really represented the only hotel and retail ever built during the heyday of downtown Oklahoma City’s original Urban Renewal era of the 1960s and 1970s The hotel opened...

  • One of Oklahoma City's oldest film exchange buildings slated for the wrecking ball

    Brianna Bailey | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Each day, I  slow down a little as I drive by this battered, but still beautiful building on my drive and from The Oklahoman’s downtown newsroom. The beat up old dame was built to last–with decorative brickwork and limestone parapet caps and sills. The old film exchange building at S....

  • A 21st Century Downtown Recreational Amusement Park Under Construction

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Brian Bates is collecting some great aerial videos and photos of our changing city, and I appreciate him giving me permission to post these amazing images of what is becoming an amazing 21st century recreational amusement park. In the above photo, the SandRidge Skytrail (which includes a zip line...

  • Promising Tenant Mix Lining Up for Arts District Garage

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    No leases are signed – not even letters of intent yet – but I can report the list of potential tenants for the ground floor of the Arts District Garage. To be clear – we have no “done deals” here. But there’s a good chance most if not all of these deals come to fruition. […]

  • Asking A Favor For A Friend

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    It’s no secret this was a tough week in the newsroom. One of the most talented folks I’ve been lucky enough to work with is Kyle Roberts, who until Wednesday was in our video department. Last summer he debuted his movie at the DeadCENTER Film Festival, and it was a great family film that delivers...

  • Saving What's Left

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Six years have passed since I first suggested a public discussion might be needed about what I saw as a new wave of demolition set to hit downtown. Every building I mentioned in that 2008 column as being in danger has either been destroyed, or after the vote Thursday by the Downtown Design Review...

  • 499 W Sheridan - Final Thoughts of the Day

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the lengthy discussion and debate that took place today as the Downtown Design Review Committee considered whether or not to allow demolition to occur to make way for the 499 W Sheridan tower development. What strikes me as I’ve had time to mull it over is the...

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