Center for Design Arts

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: CommercialChurch
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Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

Located in Oklahoma City’s “church row” The center for Design Arts began it’s life as the First Church of Christ Scientists. It was constructed in phases between 1914 and 1918.It has been abandoned for close to two decades. The building itself is constructed in a Classical Revival design featuring four greek columns facing Robinson, with anthemions on each corner of the facade. The lobby is 1,000 square feet and features all original mahogany paneling and wood work. The flooring is laid in mosaic tiling in a criss crossed design featuring a greek key design, also known as a swastika, which before Nazi Germany utilized it was a symbol of luck and good fortune not only to greco romans but also to native americans. Reached my a marble staircase, the main sanctuary is 5,000 square feet. It contains balconies, large windows that look over the downtown skyline. The central feature is an incredible stained glass dome. Below the sanctuary is a 4,000 square foot gathering space with a small raised area.

Following the Murrah bombing in 1995 most of the buildings in the immediate area were damaged, but were repaired. This building however was not. It suffered the loss of most of its original stained glass windows. The upper balconies of the sanctuary were removed due to structural issues.

Several attempts have been made to renovate the building by groups of local architects to no avail. The funds could never be fully raised and finally it was sold to a group from California with the hope to renovate the structure. Now it is for sale again. Who knows what will happen to this building of faded grandeur. Due to local covenants it cannot be razed for the next 35 years.

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Hello sir! Really nice design…your post is amazing…..i like it keep it up. thanks.

webdesigningchd
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This post is nice and useful.

Michael Canada
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Michael Canada

Sorry if I'm posting this repeatedly. Is this facility still vacant? For sale?

Michael Canada
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Michael Canada

Does anyone know if this facility is still vacant? Who owns it? Is it for sale?

Michael Canada
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Michael Canada

Does anyone know if this facility is still vacant? Who owns it? Is it for sale?

Linda
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Linda

It's so sad to see beautiful buildings like this just fade away. Hopefully somebody can find the money to save it.

Marc Weinmesiter
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Marc Weinmesiter
Walter Phillips
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how did you get in and who did you talk too

kent
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kent

go back by the building several of the front entrance area stain glass windows have been broken and are now missing pieces.

AbandonedOK Team
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Some of the stained glass windows are being stored inside the building in one of the rooms. The whole room is FILLED with stained glass, so I think the windows were replaced and the stained glass is being saved….

kent
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kent

Its to bad that this is on the way of demolition by neglect. Since the new owners, several of the stain glass windows have been broken and partially missing, along with several other windows having gone missing and been boarded over. Lets hope that the neglect will not last long.

Doug Loudenback
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Excellent post! I've wondered about this church's interior for many years.

jenx
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This is my first visit to your great blog. It looks nice. Really interesting subject matter. I photograph abandoned stuff around OKC – mostly churches.

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