“The idea that we can do something for the university and restore something at the same time is pretty cool,” Swift said.
David Logan was a 1916 OU graduate who teamed up with an architect friend Thomas L. Sorey, who was also an OU faculty member, to construct the building. Swift has researched the building and is most fascinated that it was built after the stock market crash and was completed in five months. Logan was a geologist and worked for the Marland Oil Company.
“I read somewhere that they employed 73 men a day,” he said. “I think Logan was extremely wealthy at the time.”
The building had hardwood floors, racks for bicycles, individual milk delivery boxes built into the walls. Light fixtures and the wooden windows will all be saved. Parking was limited since few students had cars.
The building always had some needy students who lived there rent free. Logan transferred ownership to the University Scholarship Corporation, formed in 1932 to manage the building.
Across the street is the original St. Thomas More University Chapel and Newman Hall where hundreds of students lived. Historic buildings are all around Swift’s latest project.
“I’m influenced much more now by preservation than I was even 10 years ago,” said Swift. “Condition wise, this was in pretty good shape.”
He tells friends of his project and has to nearly draw them a map.
“This place doesn’t present itself as a 16,000 square foot building. It’s pretty amazing.”
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