I remind all that this grand event is something that we, in Oklahoma City, have all contributed to since it was by the leadership of Mayor Kirk Humphreys that our city "engaged" and became pro-actively involved in this project. Had that not happened, what we are about to see tomorrow would not have come to be. It did happen, and our city is proud, very proud. "We" can rightly claim that, "This is OUR hotel!" As Okc citizens, it is our due to make such a claim!
Two segments are in this post ... the excellent Sunday Oklahoman front page story and supplement published today, February 25, and the images contained in Dan Mahoney's website published just a few days earlier.
The Oklahoman Supplement. Today's Sunday Oklahoman front page and supplement, mostly written by Steve Lackmeyer, tells the story:
Some of the images in that Oklahoman supplement are below ... click on a pic for a larger view ...
Skirvin Moulding ... Now and Then ...
Events Gone By In The Skirvin
John Wayne and Skirvin Employees
Dan Mahoney's Website. As mentioned in earlier posts, Dan is a publicist for the Skirvin Hilton, working with the Gooden Group, and he kindly made it possible for lowly Doug Dawg to have one large tour and a mini-one before today. Dan has set up his own Skirvin website, a Press Kit located here, and he has kindly consented that I use those pics here which range from initial construction, through the glory years of famous guests, to today's finished construction.
Most of those pics are below ... marvelous eye candy ... click a pic for a much larger look.
Small Ballroom and Hotel Lobby
Restaurant and 1930's Expansion
Glen Ford and Perle Mesta
Martin & Lewis and the Nixons
Richard Nixon & Dwight Eisenhour
Billboard & Hotel Desk
Bell Captains and Fountain Gals
Hotel Brochure and Dan James
Restaurant and 14th Floor Sitting Room
Original Ad and Lobby Lighting Today
Lobby Lights Close Up and Mezzanine
Main Ballroom Lights and Exterior North
South Views At Night
Closeups of Top of Skirvin Hilton
Building Top and Fourteenth Floor Moulding
Park Avenue Grill
Front Desk and Bill James' Children,
George James and Dannie Bea Hightower
In slightly less than 24 hours, it's all ours again, baby!