One of the largest restoration projects in the country is happening in downtown Oklahoma City.
The $275 million First National Center renovation will be completed in the fall of 2021.
The 89-year-old bank building at Robinson and Park will house 193 apartments and 146 hotel rooms as a Marriott Autograph property.
It’s taken two years to clear the 33-floor building of asbestos and tear the place down to its bare bones.
“You feel like a lot of the hard work is behind you and you get to get into the reason you did the project,” said Owner and Developer Gary Brooks, who is also installing a 13 floor parking garage.
A couple of the apartments have just been completed.
Brooks said he hopes to bring in perspective tenants starting this summer or fall.
The banks original vault with its 25,000 lb. doors will be a way into one of the hotel’s restaurants.
A speak easy style bar is in the plans.
Restoration experts will start working this summer on the Great Hall.
That’s the wide-open two-story lobby of the bank.
Restoration costs in the Great Hall alone will run $3.5 million and take a year to complete.
“When it gets tough and I start feeling sorry for myself, I walk the Great Hall and realize how lucky I am to help bring this back,” said Brooks.