Letter to the Editor> A-OKC: Oklahoma City should reconsider demolishing its Modernist heritage

Letter to the Editor Preservation Southwest
Downtown Oklahoma City in the 1970s. (Courtesy National Archives)

Downtown Oklahoma City in the 1970s. (Courtesy National Archives)

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Thank you for your piece on Oklahoma City—much needed attention to what is happening there. Having grown up in Edmond, just north, I have watched good buildings disappear over time.

Seeing Johansen’s model of Mummers Theater as a child was the first I became aware of architecture and that buildings could be different. I was truly amazed that what I was seeing was a theater! It was heartbreaking to watch it come down and I am still suffering from survivor’s guilt. I very likely would not be an architect if not for that building.

Much of the concern over the fate of these buildings come from the coasts and I know that your work will help inspire the many in Oklahoma who value architectural diversity.

Lyn Rice

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