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Downtown Oklahoma City survivor getting new lease on life

Former downtown Oklahoma City hotel is scheduled for a face-lift next year.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: November 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm •  Published: November 21, 2013

The Hotel Marion, built in 1908 and one of downtown's oldest surviving buildings, is set for a makeover to begin next year.

Architect David Kraszewski presented plans Thursday on its renovation into 10 upscale apartments to the Downtown Design Review Committee. Those plans were applauded and won unanimous approval.

Records show the three-story hotel at 110 NW 10, considered as Queen Anne-style architecture, has been empty since 1985. Midtown Renaissance developers Bob Howard, Mickey Clagg and Chris Fleming are renovating the structure — a project they've previously admitted is more of a community service than a moneymaking venture.

Rundown for decades

“It's been dilapidated for decades,” Kraszewski said. “We're leaving the three facades visible. We'll bring it to pristine historical conditions, while inside we're leaving the grand stairway. We'll be taking it apart and putting it together. So the corridors and public space will be as it was in 1908.”

He said the building's fading white paint was not part of the original facade, but was added in the 1960s. He said the original facade will be restored, which will consist of red and beige brick.

Kraszewski said the developers, who also restored the Packard and Guardian Garage buildings, will use historic tax credits for the project and will comply with National Park Service guidelines.

“Our goal is to bring it back to what we see archivally from 1908,” Kraszewski said.

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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