The Skirvin Hotel. This sadly sat vacant for many, many years, until the Hiltons breezed in and remodeled. It is once again a shining star in downtown OKC. The architecture is by Solomon Layton who designed many buildings in OKC early in its history.
Nearby is a revitalized area called "Deep Deuce". This area again was derelict (derelect?) for a long, long time. But how CUTE are these condos that are going in? If I was a single gal about town and if there were somewhere to shop for groceries around here, I'd be tempted ... Deep Deuce area was known for its jazz back in the 20's and was the home to electric guitar pioneer Charlie Christian. Not that I've ever heard any of his music.
I have no idea what this building is called now. It used to be the Kerr-McGee Building. This is the one mentioned in "Silkwood" (that old movie starring Meryl Streep and Cher). .... I worked there for a short time many MANY years ago. Pre-babygirl. This is the building, however, that shielded where I was from damage in the bombing. It absorbed the impact, so the building I was in lost no windows, had no damage, etc. The K-M building, however, lost all its windows. See that smaller white building just caddy-corner from the K-M building? That is the apartment building where the video tape of Tim McVeigh was taken ... it showed the Ryder truck on the street. So the bombing took place in an area you can't see due to this Kerr-McGee Building. That apartment complex was also heavily, heavily damaged and I am surprised they didn't have to tear it down.
Zooming in here on "Kerr Park". This is a little mini-ampitheater and oasis of water fountains in downtown OKC. When I worked downtown for many years, there would be lunchtime concerts at the ampitheater and I brown-bagged plenty of times. Now, I'd be thinking it is way too hot to sit outside and eat lunch. The joys of getting older, eh?
Looking back to the east a bit, now we zoom in to the State Capitol building and government office complex buildings -- Tax Commission, Education Department, Historical Society, Wildlife, etc. I can look out one of these windows during the day but I'm not telling which.
This is My Town (now singing the Montgomery Gentry song)...