Win Some-Lose Some
Newkirk, Oklahoma, a rural community of 2,100, whose entire downtown is listed in the National Register, completed a (mostly) successful SOB (Save Our Buildings) Campaign to prevent city council from demolishing five buildings. Newkirk Main Street worked closely with the local historical society which purchased, restored, and rehabbed two of the threatened buildings and was instrumental in restoring another historic building given to them along with funds for the restoration. You'll also hear the story of two additional endangered buildings that ultimately had to be dismantled despite the best efforts of the Main Street program and the historical society, which purchased the two buildings. Fortunately, it was not a complete loss as the façade stones were numbered, saved, and stored with the intent of rebuilding the facades. Seven years later this finally became a reality – with one small twist.
Karen Dye, Newkirk Main Street, Newkirk, Okla.
Wednesday, may 5, 8:30-9:45 a.m.