New Catholic Charities headquarters proposed for Oklahoma City's Midtown

Catholic Charities is pursuing construction of a new headquarters that, if built, would act as a new gateway to adjoining Midtown.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: October 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm •  Published: October 12, 2013
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Catholic Charities is pursuing construction of a new headquarters that, if built, would act as a new gateway to adjoining Midtown.

Renderings by Mass Architects submitted for review Thursday by the Downtown Design Review Committee show a modern two-story building that would front NW 12 and Classen Boulevard with parking to the east.

The building would include a warehouse, offices and counseling rooms, an open plaza and parking for 132 cars.

Catholic Charities has long been a presence in the area, and is widely credited for helping resettle refugees from Vietnam after the Vietnam War. Those refuges and their families formed what is now a thriving Asian district centered at NW 23 and Classen.

Immigrant and refugee counseling and assistance are still among the services offered by Catholic Charities.

Patrick Raglow, director of Catholic Charities, said Thursday's presentation is an early step toward starting fundraising for new headquarters. This would replace its current Oklahoma City location at 1501 N Classen.

That building, which dates to the 1960s or earlier, was originally built as an insurance office. The property has been home to Catholic Charities for the past 20 years.


by Steve Lackmeyer
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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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