View Full Version : Historic 1908 Kress Building in Enid to be destroyed.



lasomeday
11-19-2013, 07:14 AM
http://www.enidnews.com/featuredstory/x1528987781/Remembering-Kress


The building is in better shape than any building in Bricktown before Bricktown became Bricktown.

CuatrodeMayo
11-19-2013, 07:25 AM
It's tough being an architect in a place where the majority of the population places little or no value on the built environment.

What we build is the history of us. When we destroy what we built, we erase who we were and can't fully understand who we are.

Plutonic Panda
11-19-2013, 07:52 AM
Wow, that is unfortunate. I didn't even know this building existed until today, but she looks like a beauty. A shame they can't(won't) find a way to restore her. People really need to learn to preserve things instead of just trashing them and moving on to next best thing.

Praedura
11-19-2013, 08:03 AM
Yeah, I actually came across that article yesterday. Very sad. I don't know why they couldn't find anyone who wanted to save it / repurpose it.

Here's the photo from the article:

http://d6673sr63mbv7.cloudfront.net/archive/x819417527/g2580000000000000001ac178849477c9fade1bc512cd2b547 2acda058a.jpg

It's not a big or majestic building. But it's loaded to the hilt with historic charm (not to mention an actual vibrant history).

Enid is going to regret losing this.

tomokc
11-19-2013, 08:07 AM
I don't think the problem lies in either the original builder or the current owner (I'm talking in the abstract, not regarding this particular structure), it lies in between, with the previous owners who failed to care for structures like these.

For things of value and permanence, people who own them should think of themselves as caretakers for those who will follow and enjoy them. It's not merely a building with an income stream, it's not simply a painting to hang on a sun-splashed wall, it isn't an antique car to be driven every day. Like the Patek Philippe timepiece, you never actually own one, you merely look after it for the next generation.

Unless you buy something with this in mind - and are prepared to spend the money to preserve it - then you won't be a good steward of it, and may be selfishly causing its loss. Whether a building, work of art, antique car, or something else.

Plutonic Panda
11-19-2013, 08:12 AM
Yeah, I actually came across that article yesterday. Very sad. I don't know why they couldn't find anyone who wanted to save it / repurpose it.

Here's the photo from the article:

http://d6673sr63mbv7.cloudfront.net/archive/x819417527/g2580000000000000001ac178849477c9fade1bc512cd2b547 2acda058a.jpgI was just about to post that lol

Here are some more:

http://www.enidbuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/kress-2000s-620x412.jpg
http://www.enidbuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/kress-maine-620x390.jpg
http://www.enidbuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/kress-building-block-620x413.jpg
http://www.enidbuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/kress-store-620x413.jpg
http://d6673sr63mbv7.cloudfront.net/archive/x819417525/g0002580000000000004fbd5fd449f82e6a3e73c53cf5a89d0 3b7748fd8.jpg

Really sucks they tore down all of those buildings to. That was an awesome street wall. Has Europe and other countries around the globe done the same urban renewal thing, or is just us?

HangryHippo
11-19-2013, 08:36 AM
That's a damn shame and there's no reason that couldn't be repurposed.