Oklahoma City Underground

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The Oklahoma City Underground is a series of pedestrian tunnels and skyways connecting several buildings in Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

History[edit]

The original tunnel was dug in the early 1930s because William Balser Skirvin wanted to have an underground passage from his "Skirvin Hotel" on one side of Broadway to his new hotel, The Skirvin Towers, on the other side of Broadway. The rest of the tunnel was a result of the urban renewal of the late 1960s and early 1970s as designed by I. M. Pei, with major construction between 1972 and 1974. The tunnels were a vibrant part of the OKC landscape, including several shops and restaurants, but lost much of its popularity with the end of the last oil boom.[1]

Originally named the Conncourse, in honor of Oklahoma City banker Jack Conn,[2] it was renamed the Underground after an extensive facelift conducted by architect Rand Elliott.[3] With the 2006 facelift, Rand Elliott has turned what had become a somewhat dated appearance of the old tunnels into a "walk-in work of art".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien, William F. (2005-10-20). "Exorcising OKC's downtown 'ghost station'". The Edmond Sun. 
  2. ^ "The Conncourse or The Underground". About.com. 
  3. ^ Chambers, Kelley (2007-01-19). "Downtown OKC's Underground set for completion next month". The Journal Record. 
  4. ^ Cohen, Edie (2007-08-01). "The Way Forward". Interior Design. 

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