A debate raged last year over whether there was any of the original exterior left to save on the 1902 building that SandRidge Energy wanted to raze to make way for a landscaped plaza. For the past several weeks demolition has been done floor by floor and it was difficult to get a view of the original building (it was masked with tilt-up concrete facade by Kerr-McGee in the 1960s).
These photos provide a glimpse of what was hidden behind the mask:
Downtown’s oldest building is now completely removed save for a couple of back walls facing the SandRidge parking garage.
Next in the SandRidge Commons project: demolition of the old Petroleum Club/auto hotel facing Kerr Park, continued renovation of SandRidge Tower, and if original plans are followed, restoration of the old Braniff Building.
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