Sunday, February 25, 2007

Skirvin Hilton - The Day Before

By the time I finished working on this Skirvin "update", I decided that it needed a new post, all by itself. This is written on Sunday, February 25, the day before the Skirvin reopens its doors to the world. For related posts, see Grand Reopening, Skirvin History and Skirvin Preview

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:

  • Front Page: Fans Ready For Return
  • Supplement Starting Point
  • Money, Money, Money!
  • Crowning Moment
  • At The Skirvin's Front Desk
  • In It's Decline
  • One Big Party
  • At Home in the Skirvin
  • Attracting the Stars
  • Bob Blackburn's Legacy
  • Managing the Banquets
  • What a Comeback!
  • Indonesian Investor Fails
  • Legacy That Refused To End
  • City's Blacks Recall A Different Skirvin

  • Some of the images in that Oklahoman supplement are below ... click on a pic for a larger view ...

    Now ... and in the 1960s

    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.

    1st Construction and The Tunnel

    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!

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