I spoke to Dr. Bob Blackburn today about the SandRidge demolition plan …
To be clear, to answer questions that have arisen in recent days, the Oklahoma Historical Society has not taken any money or sponsorships from SandRidge Energy.
He worked closely with Melvena Heisch, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, in determining that the buildings targeted are not eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. All comments were based on legal criteria, and numerous conversations were held with city staff prior to the vote by the Downtown Design Review Committee.
He also doesn’t see, based on the criteria, how the India Temple and Kermac buildings could be eligible for the historic register, and that new surveys were conducted.
“Anything that could be done today would be a reconstruction, which would not make it eligible, because it’s new. These aren’t Bob Blackburn’s rules, these are the rules according to the national register.”