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Oklahoma historic property projects earn Citations of Merit

The State Historic Preservation Office of the Oklahoma Historical Society presented the awards recently at the annual state preservation conference in Tahlequah.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 16, 2012

The Oklahoma Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office presented Citations of Merit recently to people, businesses and organizations that have had a positive impact on the preservation of Oklahoma's significant historic properties.

Award recipients were:

• The University of Oklahoma and Bockus Payne Associates Architects for the Gould Hall Rehabilitation Project in Norman.

In 2008, faculty, staff and students moved off campus to a former strip mall while Gould Hall underwent a three-year, $33 million rehabilitation. Now, monumental archways anchor the entry and link the South Oval with Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Interior features include the two-story, vaulted Bushkuhl Gallery overlooking Van Vleet Oval, interactive classrooms, open studios and a “super studio.”

• 914 North Broadway Association and TAP Architecture for rehabilitation of the Greenlease Moore Cadillac Building in Oklahoma City.

Greenlease Moore Cadillac Co.'s buildings at 914 and 920 N Broadway Ave. were constructed in 1924 and 1920 in the Commercial style. They have been rehabilitated by the 914 North Broadway Association. The buildings visually and functionally serve as one, but the 920 N Broadway portion of the building is especially significant as one of the designs of noted architect Solomon Layton.

TAP Architecture provided the initial design for the rehabilitation work to provide a new home for BMI Systems. HSE Architects designed the build-out of the interior lease spaces. The property also is home to the Oklahoma City Ballet Conservatory. The rehabilitation received National Park Service certification in 2011.

Other recipients were:

• MidTown Renaissance and Krittenbrink Architecture for Hadden Hall Hotel rehabilitation, 215 NW 10.

• MidTown Renaissance for Plaza Court Shopping Center rehabilitation, 1100 N Classen Drive.

• City of Oklahoma City and Mehlburger Brawley Inc. for Lake Overholser bridge rehabilitation.

• Positively Paseo! for redevelopment of Oklahoma City's Paseo neighborhood.

• Rita Jo Geer for the Orleans rehabilitation in the Paseo neighborhood.

• Kerry Kelly for a home rehabilitation in The Greens neighborhood, Oklahoma City.

• Cherokee Nation and Sikes Abernathie Architects for Cherokee National Prison restoration in Tahlequah.

• Paul and Rosemary Lewis for a home rehabilitation in Oklahoma City's Shepherd neighborhood.

• Friends of the Thompson House in Tahlequah.

• City of Tahlequah Historic Preservation Board.

• INTV cable television program, “Historical Tahlequah,” produced by Dick DeGeorge and directed by Jeremy Scott.

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