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  • Architect, Oklahoma City icons earn national award

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Architect earns national award for contributions to public architecture in Oklahoma City.

  • Blighted Deep Deuce building purchased, to be renovated

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    Jeff Johnson has bought the building at the top of the Walnut Avenue bridge in Deep Deuce for $275,000 and will repair and eventually renovate it. The 2,200-square-foot structure near Bricktown in Oklahoma City was built between 1906 and 1911 and has been empty for about a quarter-center.

  • Over a decade, Chesapeake Boathouse has been 'game changer' for Oklahoma River

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    The success of the Chesapeake Boathouse has inspired growth of the Oklahoma River area into an unrivaled destination for rowing.

  • 'Time is right' for redevelopment of Uptown bank, new owners say

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    Plans are moving forward for redevelopment of the former Citizens State Bank building in Uptown with renovations set to start this spring and wrap up later this year.

  • Park House at Myriad Gardens making transition

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    The Park House Restaurant at the Myriad Gardens is ending its time as an upscale eatery and will be converted into a catering center that will operate as a public restaurant during holidays and special events.

  • Surrounding retail success holds key for Bricktown music district's survival in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Attracting a mix of tenants for the retail space surrounding a live music district in Bricktown could be the key to its success. Having successful bars, restaurants, hotels and retail nearby that create a vibe for music fans similar to the Tulsa district surrounding Cain's Ballroom could spell...

  • Oklahoma City's Braniff Building changes hands for $15.9 million

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    The broker hired by SandRidge Energy to sell its buildings in downtown Oklahoma City confirmed Friday that one of its properties, the Braniff Building, has been obtained by a new owner. Josh Leffler, co-founder of Black Hawk Mineral Services, paid $15.9 million for the building, the broker said.

  • How will oil prices affect downtown development?

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Jan. 22, 2016

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City's Downtown Design Review Committee approves demolition in Midtown

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    The Memory Lane Apartments at 509 NW 7, a two-story, four-unit building built in 1925, will be torn down to make way for a 17-unit, three-story town house development by Midtown Renaissance Group. The dilapidated building north of Emerson School is structurally unsound, has black mold, rats and...



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Steve Lackmeyer


Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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 Area Projects, the rebuilding of north downtown, the rebirth of the Skirvin Hotel, the rise of Bricktown, Midtown and Automobile Alley, and the city's courting of the NBA.
Steve's family came to town in 1977 when his father led construction of the Sheraton Century Center Hotel. He roamed the brand new corridors of the Conncourse tunnels (now The Underground). He saw the final last gasp of the old downtown and witnessed the destruction of the 26-story Biltmore Hotel. He spent his teenage years watching construction of the Myriad Gardens and a new skyline including Mid-America (now home to Continental Resources), Oklahoma and Corporate Towers, and Leadership Square.
Steve was once referred to as a “downtown partisan” by The Oklahoman's real estate editor Richard Mize. It's a beat Steve enjoys, and his column, "OKC Central," can be read every Tuesday in The Oklahoman’s business section. Lackmeyer also hosts the downtown blog "OKC Central."
Lackmeyer spent two years visiting Main Street communities around the state, documenting their preservation efforts and the return of commerce to the heart of the state’s small towns. This effort was recognized in 2007 with a “Friend of Main Street” award by the Oklahoma Main Street Center. That same year he also was honored with the B.H. Prasad Award given in recognition of his coverage of architecture by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His coverage of downtown Oklahoma City was recognized with a first-time “Presidents Award” given to him in 2014 by Downtown OKC Inc.
Lackmeyer is author of five books about the city’s history, "OKC Second Time Around," Skirvin,” “Operation Scissortail” and “Cornerstone” (all co-authored by Jack Money) and "Bricktown." Lackmeyer also authored "Foraging in Oklahoma," a travelogue and recipe book about produce found at Oklahoma farms and ranches. In 2012 he authored a 1,500-word cover story about the history of development and architecture in Oklahoma City for the magazine Architectural Record.
Lackmeyer’s involvement with Retro Metro OKC began as a founding member and officer of the group, which started with organizational efforts in 2009 and an official launch in 2010. The group is a non-profit organization that has helped or organize displays on the history of city government, the city’s vintage restaurants and Bricktown. The organization’s key effort, however, is the scanning and display of privately owned photographs and materials. The website www.retrometrookc.com is home to thousands of such materials, including original video documentaries and videos of monthly speakers.
Steve is a frequent speaker on Oklahoma City development and history, with appearances on television stations OETA, KWTV, KFOR, KSBI, radio stations KTOK, KGOU, KOSU, WKY, KOKC and NPR, various newspapers including the New York Times and the Seattle Times, local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the 2010 National Main Streets Conference and the 2013 Oklahoma Preservation Conference.
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