Film Exchange building preservation plans collapse in Oklahoma City

Advocates of saving the Film Exchange building and incorporating it into the MAPS 3 downtown park say their proposals are dead. Two groups had proposed working the 90-year-old building into the design of the park.
by William Crum Modified: April 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm •  Published: April 17, 2014
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Advocates of saving the Film Exchange building and incorporating it into the MAPS 3 downtown park say their proposals are dead.

One group had proposed something along the lines of a community center with housing, while a second group floated the idea of an Oklahoma City history museum.

“The city doesn’t want it in the park design and nothing we can do will stop its demise,” wrote Bradley Wynn, a writer and urban archaeologist, in an email this week.

Wynn was leading the effort to open the history museum in the 90-year-old Film Exchange, a brick structure at SW 5 Street and Robinson Avenue.

Wynn said his group had “moved on and are taking our development of an Oklahoma City History Museum in a new direction.”

He said they were promised the lintel — the architectural detail over the east-facing door that includes the words Film Exchange — will be saved and given to the Film Row Business District for a historic marker.

Lana Beasley, of the group with the community center idea, said last week her group would not pursue its proposal.

The park’s master plan that assumes demolition of the Film Exchange was approved several months ago.

The preservationists, though, were given until earlier this month to come up with detailed proposals for saving the building and fitting it into the park.


by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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