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The Heritage

The Heritage Logo_PrimarySomething big is underway in downtown Oklahoma City: The former Journal Record building, which houses the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum on the first floor at 620 N. Harvey, has a new name: The Heritage  — and is undergoing a major renovation. As you cperspective 4an see in the rendering, The Heritage will truly be a beacon for the community, drawing both new visitors, tenants and shoppers. As part of the investment team, Heritage Trust is pleased to share the logo, web site and video about this exciting project.

About

Designed in 1923 by renowned architect Solomon Layton and added to the Register of Historic Places in 1980, The Heritage has stood sentinel as a witness to the growth, resilience and optimism of downtown Oklahoma City. The Heritage is a multi-million dollar renovation and commercial development project that will be enjoyed for generations to come. The Heritage is comprised of Class A alternative office space, retail, and luxury living with abundant private parking. Its signature office space is an artful balance of modern design and amenities enveloped by its familiar, classic architecture.​

See the video of the investors discussing the project here at TheHeritageOKC.com.

For more information on leasing, visit the listing at Price Edwards. 

Reviving a Legacy

by Bond Payne, Heritage Wealth Management Company

Bond PayneSometime in the early 1920s, the Masonic Lodges of Oklahoma City decided that they needed a place to gather that was large enough to accommodate their members from across the City. So they commissioned Solomon Layton, the premier architect of his day and architect for such landmarks as the State Capitol, Skirvin Hotel and Mid-Continent Life Building, to design a monumental building that included a 2,000 seat auditorium. No one could have envisioned that this stately landmark perched atop a hill on the northern edge of downtown would become one of the most important buildings in the city, as a result of its architectural, historical, cultural and spiritual significance.

In 1995 the building, which became the Journal Record Building, sustained heavy damage in the Oklahoma City bombing. Many occupants were injured, some severely, and the building was rendered uninhabitable. It was soon purchased by the City of Oklahoma City using federal disaster funds, and a major effort was undertaken to save the structure. The Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum eventually occupied the west 1/3 of the building, became the principal symbol of our city’s perseverance and hope, and the steward of The Oklahoma Standard.

However, the majority of the building has remained largely vacant for the past 20 years and is the last visible wound of the bombing in our city’s core. So the past four years, Heritage has patiently and diligently pursued its vision to purchase and restore the Journal Record Building as a symbol of our commitment to our community and our expression of The Oklahoma Standard. This undertaking includes a restoration of the physical structure, but also a restoration of the scars on our urban landscape and feelings of loss that the empty building symbolizes. In our mind, we are restoring a building, a neighborhood and a community.JRB Aerial Final

As you have probably read in the newspapers, we successfully closed on the acquisition of the building recently, and I want our clients and professional partners to understand why we are undertaking this project and how it supports a culture of stewardship, quality and pioneering. Please call me for a tour of the building so we can discuss how this and other events at Heritage will help serve your family for generations to come.