The First National Center is one of downtown Oklahoma City’s architectural treasures. ADG is proud to be working with new owners, Cornerstone Development and NE Development, to restore “The First” to its historic grandeur with hotel, apartments, retail and structured parking. Located at the heart of Oklahoma City’s rapidly revitalizing downtown, the First National Center will reemerge as the hub of activity and a premiere address.
The National Hotel on floors one through eight will be one of the most elegant hotels in the region. The 149-room boutique hotel will be part of the five-star Marriott Autograph brand and will be managed by one of Oklahoma’s premiere hoteliers, Coury Hospitality, a market leader in hotel luxury and service. The development of The National will include the finest food and beverage outlets, including The Vaults, formerly the basement home for Oklahoma’s richest fortunes. The Great Hall will feature public space for residents and visitors to enjoy. Just off the Great Hall, interior spaces will feature a café and a bar.
Residential units will be on floors nine through thirty-one. The residential tower will contain 195 units and will be the benchmark in luxury high-rise living from ground to crown. Its 32nd-floor resident lounge will offer spectacular views and impeccable service. Phase one of the project is the transformation of two additions from 1957 and 1972 additions into a 700-space parking garage. This 630,000-square-foot portion will also include 15,700 square feet of retail. Retail offerings will include a public marketplace, shops and a business incubator. Residents at the First will have access to all the luxurious amenities of the Marriott Autograph, including housekeeping, room service, valet parking, and auto retrieval.
This Art Deco masterpiece resembles New York’s Empire State Building, also completed in 1931. Elaborate aluminum art featuring swans, peacocks, cherubs and other period designs mark the building’s main entries along Robinson and Park Avenues. Art Deco inside and out, the interiors were enhanced with richly colored marble and dark mahogany wood.
The Great Banking Hall on the second floor is one of the city’s most beloved spaces and hosted many historic celebrations prior to the bank’s closure in 1986. Every nook and cranny is being restored. High-tech cleaning will restore interior stonework and decoration to its original luster, including to the hall’s 14 massive three-stories-tall fluted Corinthian columns. Numerous artworks, ornaments and Art Deco chandeliers will be restored. Contemporary features and sparkle are being added, as well. Lighting will be upgraded to LED, including exterior lighting, which will become programmable so that the building can be a seasonal beacon and interact with the life of the city.
Interior work started in summer 2017 and will take just under three years to complete.
CORE DESIGN TEAM
ADG – Architect of Record, MEP & civil engineering
Merriman Associates – Design Architect
Flick Mars – Hotel Interior Design
Henderson Design Studio – Apartment Interior Design
Walter P. Moore – Garage/Structural