By: Lillie-Beth Brinkman, The Journal Record, June 23, 2017
The new owners of the remodeled historic Journal Record Building held their grand opening Wednesday night, and the community turned out in droves to see it.
The building, built in 1923, is now aptly named The Heritage because of both its history and its owner and primary tenant, The Heritage Trust Co. Touches throughout celebrate both the building’s heritage and that of the Oklahoma roots of the Payne family that founded the trust company.
About 350 people attended the reception this week and enjoyed touring the building from the lower levels to the sixth-floor penthouse, with its expansive views of the Oklahoma City skyline in different directions and of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and its Survivor Tree to the south. Aunt Pittypat’s catered the event, and Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Aaron Newman entertained.
The Heritage Trust Co.’s move downtown was the vision of Bond Payne, co-founder of the trust company and now its chairman. Members of the Payne family, headed by his mother, Nancy Payne Ellis, another Heritage trust co-founder, are longtime and major supporters of numerous Oklahoma organizations.
The Heritage Trust occupies the bottom two floors, and Saxum, a communications and marketing firm led by Renzi Stone, occupies the top two, including the penthouse. The Eide Bailly tax and accounting firm occupies the second floor; about 50,000 square feet of space remains available for lease.
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