View Full Version : Oklahoma Heritage Association/Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Doug Loudenback
08-26-2006, 10:12 PM
Just finished a blog article on this topic and the transformation of the old Mid-Continent Life Insurance building into the home of the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Association building. Both EK Gaylord & Boone Pickens contributed 3 mil to get it going. Pocket change! :boff:

2 things:

(1) It appears as though the Hefner Mansion will no longer be open to the public after 11/2006, which I'd think to be a significant loss to the community; and

(2) Despite my best efforts, I was not able to find out any "real" history (origins, etc.) of the Oklahoma Heritage Association, including a list of all the "inductees" into Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Anyone help with this?

That said, the facility at 1400 Classen Drive is a magnificent building ... here's 3 pics from the SW part of the building, zooming in on the very fine stonework:

I'd certainly want to update the article with additional verifiable information since, I think, it presently lacks a historic element regarding the Association and the awards.

08-26-2006, 10:18 PM
I office about 2 doors down from there. The place has quite a basement. I always figured that the Pickens/Gaylords needed a dungeon :)

Doug Loudenback
08-26-2006, 11:17 PM
Being so close then, Midtowner, how about scoping it out and giving a lengthy (or short) report?

When I was taking my "outside" pics on Friday, a guy was on the north and east side, and I told him I was just interested in Oklahoma City history and was taking some pics. He told me that I should just walk in at the west entrance like I belonged there and that none would give me any thought and just go where I wanted to!

Go for it, Midtowner, before I do! :tweeted:

08-26-2006, 11:51 PM
Doug, I'll give it a shot.. or a few.

08-27-2006, 02:56 PM
Here's some more pics I took of the building about 4 months ago.