Three Metro Projects Win State Preservation Awards

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Three Oklahoma City projects will each will receive one of four major awards to be presented during the Statewide Preservation Conference scheduled May 13-15 in Ponca City, it was announced Tuesday.

All four awards will be presented during the annual banquet scheduled at 6:45 p.m. May 14 at the Marland Estate Convention Center chapel, said Melvena Heisch, deputy state historic preservation officer.

The four major award winners will include: Mary and Ronald Frantz will receive the Private Residence Historic Interiors Preservation Award for restoration of their residence in the Paseo neighborhood of Oklahoma City. It will be the first time this award has been presented. Glover-Smith-Bode, an Oklahoma City architectural and planning firm, and the U.S. General Services Administration will receive the Public-Commercial Building Interiors Preservation Award for rehabilitation of the old U.S. Post Office and Federal Courthouse at 215 Dean A. McGee Ave. in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Planning Commission will receive the Charles F. Colcord Award for Historic Preservation for five-year planning for the Bricktown area in Oklahoma City. This award is presented for outstanding preservation efforts in Oklahoma City. Sally Ferrell of Chandler will receive the Shirk Memorial Award for Historic Preservation for leading and promoting preservation projects for more than a decade, including support for the state conference. This award is presented for outstanding preservation on a statewide basis.

The Frantz residence was known historically as the Stephanie Josephine Martin House. It is a 1912 "bungaloid" or "arts and crafts" style house. Ron Frantz, architect for the Oklahoma Main Street program, and Mary moved into the 1,600-square-foot home in 1982. They are the third owners of the home.

Phased restoration, said Heisch, has included new plumbing, electrical, gas, heating and cooling systems, plus restoration of 36 windows, reconstruction of two basement walls and three supporting walls and reconstructing a dining room plate rail. Walls were replastered twice and the integrity of the woodwork was maintained.

The old U. …