Talk of the town: First National Center redefines OKCís epicenter

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2022
by Erick Perry

Following more than four years of work on one of the state’s largest restorations to date, the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City has re-opened, bringing back a feeling of home for many downtown denizens.

Originally built in 1931, the art-deco and neoclassical designed high-rise stands 32 stories tall on the corner of Park Avenue and Robinson Avenue. Listed on the Historic Register and at one time the largest building in Oklahoma City, the 1.1 million square foot property will now include a hotel, barber shop, bars, restaurants, retail, and residences.

“The First National Center is one of the most historic and iconic buildings in this region of the country,” First National Center Partner Gary Brooks said. “Locals and guests alike will be awed every time they enter the building. There are so many experiences to be had within our walls, from the Great Hall, the multiple food and beverage outlets, private dining rooms, living accommodations, and a hotel guest experience that will exceed most people’s expectations.”

The first-floor concourse includes a series of images detailing the building’s history. “We will respect the building’s legacy as we create a new future; a masterpiece that will be treasured by thousands and admired by millions,“ Brooks is quoted saying as a part of the hallway’s gallery presentation.

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