Friday, July 27, 2007

Vintage Downtown Map

... is in the works! (Update note 8/29/2009 ... see the new Vintage Map which is developing nicely.)

Since has "honored" Doug Dawg by linking to my now "stale-dated" clickable "Vintage" map of Downtown Okc (located in my website, not here in my blog ... unfortunately blog limitations make it impossible to place that clickable map here) ...

Click on the map to enter the clickable map page

... Steve Lackmeyer & Jack Money (owners of that website) have at the same time "shamed me" (not by their criticism but only by Doug Dawgz self-imposed analysis) into making that "Vintage Map" into more of what it really ought to be!

Soooo ... I've started to remedy that! My goals are (1) use a more accurate map and not just the one that I "drew up" myself (for this, I'm using a 1957 map which shows Okc as it existed before E.K. Gaylord was constructed on the east side of downtown and before Interstate Highways were in place); (2) expand the map's area to cover a much larger region than before (13th on the north, Wheeler Park on the southwest, Klein on the west and Stonewall on the east); and (3) in the expansion, show LOTS more "vintage" buildings and areas of "central-city" than I've shown before.

So, this new project is intended to be much more than simply "Downtown" but will include near-downtown stuff, as well, including all of "Midtown" and "Deep Deuce."

For example, on the west and southwest, Delmar Garden and Wheeler Park will be included ...

On the east, the relocated Douglass School (at NE 5th & High) will be; in "Bricktown", historic buildings like the original Douglass Schools will be; on the north the former Colcord Home and other buildings along 13th Street will be; and on the south the (still existing but unused, as such) Union Station will be shown.

Far from being "finished" but only in the works, this project will hopefully be done within 2 weeks' time. When finished, you will be able to "click" on any building identified in the new map and a separate web page will open showing the building and giving a brief description.

For accuracy, the new map is based on a "real" 1957 map I located at Doug Hamilton's booth at Antique Avenue Market. A preview of the new clickable map is shown below:

Click on the image for a full view

Building "color" will indicate its "use," e.g., "aqua" means a public building of some type -- schools, government, transportation, other public. This all may change before the "final" version is done, but you get the idea.

Because the map covers a much larger area than my "old" vintage map, it won't be possible to have readable "descriptive text" on the map but I'll find some other solution ... certainly as you "hover" your mouse over a building, a short description will appear, but I'll try to make something else that will work, also, such as a "list" of buildings or something else more user-friendly.

Sooo ... stay tuned ... this post will be updated as developments occur!


Anonymous said...

I have have two pictures that are pretty old I have been trying to find out when and where were Harbour-Longmire Art Galleries Fine Picture framing company was located in okla city.The pics are dated 1867 and 1870 they may even be reprints. I have searched the web and have not gettin very far if you have any info please contact me any info will help

Doug Dawg said...

A couple of things, anon ...

1) Oklahoma City didn't exist until April 22, 1889, so if the pics were marketed at Harbour-Longmire in Okc, they would have been painted before Okc was open to settlement.

2) Harbour-Longmire was a large and very nice (according to reports) furniture and furnishings store constructed in 1925 or 1928 at 420 W. Main in Okc. It may have had an earlier location, I don't know offhand. An image of the building during construction is here: During Construction ... the building still exists but is largely used for City of Okc offices these days ... today's building, the Main Place building. If this isn't enough information, post again and I'll see what else I can find.

Thanks for posting!

Doug Dawg said...

Following up, anon, the Oklahoman's articles reflect the follows:

1) 1st address for Harbour-Longmire was 221-223 Grand. It 1st appears in a 1/22/1911 ad.

2) 2nd address was 311-313 W. Main. Ads show that the move occurred 9/25/1921.

3) 3rd address was 418-420-422 W. Main. Multiple "congratulatory" ads (most by the new buildings contractors & subcontractors) to H-L on its new building occurred in the 3/28/1926 Oklahoman. This info also corrects what I earlier said about the date that the new building was constructed.