Restoring an historic downtown landmark to ensure its future success

The Skirvin Hilton

Location
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Every great American city has (or had) at least one historic grand downtown hotel. And just as their fortunes rose and fell together in a kind of tandem prosperity, the revival of American downtowns necessitates the revival of their great hotels. When Oklahoma City’s leaders wanted to breathe new life into their downtown district, restoring the Skirvin Hotel was a cornerstone of their plans.

The city wanted to recreate the distinguished hotel in a way that would refer to its historic, grand prominence in an authentic but modern way. Working closely with Skirvin Partners, Kahler Slater leveraged national and state Historic Preservation Tax Credits to create a 225-room modern hotel with a strong reference to its storied past. The restored exterior was returned to its 1929-1930 appearance, but with new roofing, windows and masonry restoration. The top-floor ballroom was restored to its original glamour and once again hosts the city’s premier social events. With a determination to save as much as possible while creating a modern hotel, even the wood from the original registration desk was used to create an updated version. The Skirvin is once again considered the premier social destination in downtown Oklahoma City.

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