Colcord Hotel

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Colcord Hotel
Colcord 2006.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Hotel
Restaurant
Location 15 North Robinson Avenue,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
Coordinates 35°28′00″N 97°31′00″W / 35.46667°N 97.51667°W / 35.46667; -97.51667Coordinates: 35°28′00″N 97°31′00″W / 35.46667°N 97.51667°W / 35.46667; -97.51667
Opening 1909, 2006 (redevelopment)
Cost $16 million (redevelopment)
Owner Devon Energy Corporation
Management Coury Collection Hotels
Height
Roof 145 ft (44 m)
Technical details
Floor count 14
Floor area 9,217 m2 (99,210 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 6
Design and construction
Architect William Wells
Paul M. Coury (redevelopment)
Developer Charles Colcord
Main contractor Manhattan Construction Company (redevelopment)
References
[1]

Colcord Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The building was finished in 1909 and has been considered Oklahoma City's first skyscraper, although less than 50m high. It is 145 feet (44 m) tall and has 14 floors. Originally an office tower developed by Charles Colcord, the building was renovated by Coury Properties and reopened as a luxury hotel in 2006. Colcord Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.[2]

History[edit]

Colcord built the Colcord Building, now known as the Colcord Hotel, which was the first skyscraper in Oklahoma City. It was also the first steel-reinforced concrete building in Oklahoma, because Colcord had seen the devastation to lesser buildings in San Francisco following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and resulting fires. Originally designed with two wings, only the east wing and connecting elevator/stair segment were constructed. Architect William A. Wells was a protégé of Louis Sullivan, a founder of the Chicago School style of architecture. Sullivan designed the molds for the decorative terra cotta ornamentation on the first, second, and twelfth floors of the Colcord.[20] The building survived Oklahoma City's Urban Renewal efforts and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Developer Paul Coury, with the help of investors including Beck Design and Manhattan Construction, has transformed the office building into a boutique hotel adjacent to the state's tallest building, the new 51 story, 274 metres/900 feet Devon Tower. The Colcord Building is now owned by Devon Energy. Colcord also built the Commerce Exchange Building and the Biltmore Hotel.

Architecture[edit]

When the Colcord Building was completed in 1910, at 12 stories, it was the first skyscraper in Oklahoma City. Constructed by Charles Francis Colcord, he chose William A. Wells as the architect. Wells was a protégé of Louis Sullivan, a founder of the Chicago School style of architecture. Sullivan was also the designer of the molds for the decorative terra cotta, which adorns the first, second, and twelfth floors of the Colcord Building. The building was constructed of reinforced concrete after Colcord witnessed terrible devastation associated with the San Francisco earthquake and resulting fires in 1906. He wanted to avoid the same catastrophic loss of his building. Every luxury of the time was incorporated in the construction. Marble adorned the columns and walls of the main lobby, the original nickel and bronze letterbox and elevator doors shone, and an ornamental plaster ceiling crowned the space. This landmark was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Today, the Colcord brings new life to the original Colcord Building. After a $16 million renovation project completed in the fall of 2006, the building's trademark elegance and historic architectural elements have been preserved, yet now offers contemporary style, elegance, and state-of-the-art technology befitting a deluxe hotel of the twenty-first century.

Gallery[edit]

Tenants[edit]

  • FLINT Restaurant and Lounge

Events[edit]

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Incumbent
Tallest Buildings in Oklahoma City
1909—1923
44m
Succeeded by
100 Park Avenue Building

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colcord Hotel at SkyscraperPage
  2. ^ Colcord Hotel, a Historic Hotels of America member. Historic Hotels of America. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 

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