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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

“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.