The Norman Transcript

Opinion

January 15, 2014

Historic preservation

NORMAN — Eighteen buildings in Norman are on the National Register of Historic Places. These include the Sooner Theatre, Casa Blanca, the Santa Fe Depot, the Norman Senior Citizens Center and the Bizzell Memorial Library on the University of Oklahoma campus.

One structure a few blocks west of the campus is on track to become the 19th building recognized for its architectrural and historical significance.

Workers are busy restoring and reconfiguring the long-vacant Logan Apartments at Lahoma Avenue and Boyd Street into larger, more elegant apartments. The developer, Brent Swift, purchased the 16,000-square-foot building from OU with guidelines on its restoration.

Built during the Great Depression by oilman David Logan, the buff-brick campus landmark has been home to thousands of OU students over the years.

Longtime journalist Kuyk Logan, a nephew of David Logan, recalled printing his first newspaper in the basement of the building. He also recalled crawling through the milk boxes to gain entry when a tenant locked their keys inside.

It’s an exciting project that will enhance one of the gateways to the university’s front door.

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