Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Skirvin Remains at Top of Endangered List

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Skirvin Remains at Top of Endangered List

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Although three downtown Oklahoma City buildings have been removed from Preservation Oklahoma's most endangered historic properties list, the Skirvin Hotel remains among the top 10 endangered properties in the state.

Tower 2000, made of Roddy Bates and Mike Dillard, bought the 87- year-old building in the fall for $1.1 million from New BYOC International. Tower 2000 is marketing the building for sale to buyer that will renovate the 13-story hotel.

"This program is an effective way to focus attention on the many significant historical resources in Oklahoma that are threatened by neglect, vandalism and impending demolition," said President Michael Hall. "We believe there is always a positive solution to challenges faced by historic buildings." The building at 1 Park Ave. is still a major concern to the historic preservation community because it has changed hands several times since 1988 and has had little noticeable maintenance, according to organization officials. BYOC, headed by Indonesian businessman Oesman Sapta, bought the building for $1.7 million in 1995. The company declared bankruptcy before completing repairs. The Journal Record Building, the YMCA building and the Centre Theater were removed from the most endangered list and placed on the watch list. The city of Oklahoma City plans to condominimize the Journal Record Building for use by the Oklahoma City National Memorial museum and other nonprofits. Karen Maule, the owner of the YMCA building, plans to renovate the building into retail and office space. The Oklahoma City Art Museum has plans to renovate and build on to the Centre Theater. Added to the most endangered list this year are the Chandler National Guard Armory, the Lima Rosenwald Town Hall, the Old Stroud School and the Tulsa County Fairgrounds National Guard Armory. Preservation Oklahoma's top 10 most endangered historic properties in the state include: 101 Ranch near Ponca City, the Angie Debo House in Marshall, the McLaughlin Mounds near Red Oak, the Guthrie Fire Department Hose Tower and the Wheelock Academy and Mission near Millerton. …

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