NuWay Cleaners

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City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: Commercial
Year Built: N/A
Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: Restored
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

Nu-way Cleaners was constructed around 1928 and stayed at it’s location during the entire life of the business. Extensive renovations were completed during it’s life, mostly during the 1930’s, as noted by the Art Deco architecture and details present still to this day.
Nu-way closed in the early 1990’s due to lack of business in the ever failing downtown area. In 2005 a community action program was planned for the useable space in the building. Opened for only a few weeks if that, it was to hold a thrift store, homeless advocacy groups, and aid for the surrounding poverty stricken area to the west of the downtown area. Lonely now and dark it seems as everything stopped one day, with machines, and hangers dangling from the drive through, ready for the next customers to arrive.

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Allison
3 years ago

My dad worked for NuWay for many any years. I spent many day at the cleaners after school helping and getting to know people. The owner, Pat Denham and his daughter Mandy were really good people. Pat died after my dad retired, but I believe it was a boating accident. NuWay used to do the table clothes for El Charito. The laundry smelled like mexican food and birds would stand in the floor and nibble on the random chips that would fall out of the linens. Good times!

Ashley
Ashley
Reply to  Allison
7 months ago

His daughter’s name is Mindy. This Pat Denham did not die in a boat accident, his father did.

Мюзицио
4 years ago

New customer at this joint. So far so good. Very convenient location and great prompt service. Family run and friendly. In addition their price is no different compared to any other cleaners in the area. The work they do is fantastic.

Ammi
Ammi
4 years ago

The post on the abandoned runway cleaner proved to be a good one. I am so fond of these abandoned places and this site has helped me a lot to know more about various such places in Oklahoma. Keep up the good show catalina island hotels

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

I heard the original owner was killed by the mapfia during proabition days back when my dad was a kid for selling booze. Owner of Byrons liquore was attacted a about the same year back in the days.

Lady Lelouch
Lady Lelouch
8 years ago

I do like that writing on the wall in pic 060. I might put that on my myspace!

Game Center
9 years ago

Wow, good post. I love stuff like this.

Sarah
Sarah
10 years ago

This building has been purchased a few years ago by a compassionate ministry center called Love Link Ministries. They are currently in process of renovating the building and hope to be in the Nuway building by the end of this year. I know this because I am on staff at Love Link.

Blais
Blais
10 years ago

Hi thanks for posting the pictures of Nuway….You said they closed in the early 1990,s. You sure it was not in the mid 2000,s. In Moore off I -35 there was a Nuway cleaners the building with the gold dome.When Moore had that tornado in 1999.the Nuway was damaged and then rebuilt…they were there till 2005.and then it was sold to a stone slab store….Thanks

Diane Stegall
11 years ago

This building is a beautiful example of Art-Deco Streamline moderne. It is perhaps the largest and most elegant representation of the style in downtown OKC. I am excited to know that there are plans to reinhabit the building. Hopefully OKC will participate in the refurbishment of the fabric of the building and its interior to the fabulous 20's and 30's era of its origination. The community would be well rewarded in investing in this landmark. What an addition such a beautiful and hisoric builidng would be to the new downtown area. In the multitude of brick its pristine white and… Read more »

OCKEXP
OCKEXP
Reply to  Diane Stegall
11 years ago

Thanks for your wonderful commentary on this location. It is great to see that there are others who can appreciate specific design motifs and architectural accents in a building in such a state as this. Thanks

OKCEXP
OKCEXP
11 years ago

There was a truck driving around inside of the building! It was really strange. We bolted after the sighting.

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
Reply to  OKCEXP
11 years ago

Lol!!! Yes, Fiend & I know all too well about bolting from trucks! its happened to us twice now.
Once at the Lincoln powerplant & once at Chilocco!
Why cant they just let us explore in peace!!!!

Aubrey Ammons
Aubrey Ammons
Reply to  OKCEXP
3 years ago

Oh!! I remember the best of times in 1965 I was in the Army at fort Sill Oklahoma I stop in O.K.C.and I met three of the BEAUTIFUL'IST INDIAN sisters. I still have their pictures under glass on my dinning table. One of them worked at NuWay Cleaners.I left the Army in 1967 and came home to Florida.I stared a Veterans park in my home town of Ponce De Leon,Florida I would like for all veterans to join us we are a (non profit org) visit us some time. poncedeleonfl.com.Oklahoma City is a beautiful place.

Fiend
Fiend
11 years ago

Yeah, looks like the ravings of a madman to me. Very cool building though. I noticed you took a few pics through windows, had some trouble getting inside?

AbandonedOK Team
11 years ago

weird yes. I googled a lot of the phrases and the websites, and from all I can assume, is that some homeless mentally ill person had converted the walls into their own personal note pad… kind of strange. Do some google'ing…

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
11 years ago

All that scribbling on the walls was really weird! Could you determine what that was all about?

Meredith owens
Meredith owens
Reply to  psychosaw13
7 months ago

Random ramblings of conspiracy left behind by transient population with clear mental illness. I’ve found entire note books like these. Literally a chain reaction style of thoughts that oddly link together but then don’t at all.

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