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One century ago, Iten Biscuit building was brand new

The Archivist Mary Phillips delves into The Oklahoman's archives to bring back stories from the ages.
BY Mary Phillips mphillips@opubco.com Published: January 7, 2013
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/articleid/3743688/1/pictures/1922184">Photo - The old Iten Biscuit Co. is now a U-Haul center.  THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES
The old Iten Biscuit Co. is now a U-Haul center. THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

One concept that was unusual for 1912, but was incorporated into the building, was that each floor had its own breakroom and bathrooms.

It's hard to imagine that being considered “cutting edge,” but those of us who work in multi-storied buildings are grateful the idea caught on.

The biscuit company served Oklahoma City well for nearly 30 years.

Then it was acquired by Nabisco, next the Folding Carrier Company and, finally, its current owner, U-Haul Storage.

The 6,000 windows have been covered, but the building still stands and remains a solid part of downtown Oklahoma City

Today we recognize it best by the U-Haul truck that sits on the roof, and while the Crosstown Bridge no longer passes next to the building, it is still visible to citizens and visitors.

May the Devon Energy building and other buildings built in 2012, and the businesses they generate, endure as well as the Iten/U-Haul building.

Read “The Archivist” at blog.NewsOK.com/archivist.


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