Without those tax credits, Coury said, the project would not have been feasible. Work began as the moratorium on the tax credits was lifted.
“This is what I think of as a showpiece,” Montgomery said. “And when the windows are replaced, people will gain a new appreciation. The windows were changed in the 1980s, much like at the Skirvin hotel. And we have photos of what the original windows look like, and when we have them changed out, the building is really going to pop.”
Bishop said she also looks forward to redesigning a decorative “Juliette” balcony over the front entrance into a usable balcony that might make an ideal spot for bridal wedding photos.
Coury said the renovation won't just be cosmetic; with the entire interior previously gutted, the building is getting all new plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems. Other improvements will include a new stairway tower and elevators.
“This is one of the most important historic buildings we have right now in Oklahoma City,” Montgomery said.
“It's been a sleeping giant. … But once this is done, I think people are going to be very excited by what they see.”