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Construction set to begin next month on Bricktown Holiday Inn Express in Oklahoma City

Demolition on the former Steffen's Dairy in Oklahoma City's Bricktown is set to begin Feb. 1, with construction to begin immediately afterward on a 124-room, five-story Holiday Inn Express.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: January 23, 2013

/articleid/3748228/1/pictures/1934260">Photo - Steffen’s Ice Cream at 101 E Main is shown in this 1946 photo. The dairy operated at the site for several decades. Developers are set to demolish the structure next month and replace it with a Holiday Inn Express. PHOTO PROVIDED
Steffen’s Ice Cream at 101 E Main is shown in this 1946 photo. The dairy operated at the site for several decades. Developers are set to demolish the structure next month and replace it with a Holiday Inn Express. PHOTO PROVIDED

“Making a prominent entrance is typical of the era,” Krittenbrink said. “But the leaning out … is not historical.”

Another member, Avis Scaramucci, indicated she had no problem with the archway. She also disagreed with Bright's suggestion that the entrance canopies were not a good fit for the district, arguing the design does reflect other canopies found in Bricktown.

Bright also questioned whether the two-story glass-encased lobby was in keeping with the historic nature of the century-old warehouse district.

“It just seems like someone decided to stick something on the front to make it look modern,” Bright said. “It doesn't seem consistent with where we are.”

Scott Dedmon, project architect, responded the design team wished to avoid a “Disneyland replication design” that attempts to recreate historic buildings.

“We're building a building in 2013, not a building in 1915,” Dedmon said.

The committee previously approved demolition of the dairy, which has been empty for more than 20 years and was first eyed for potential hotel development in 2008.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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...
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