The Heritage (formerly Journal Record Building)

Oklahoma City, OK

The Heritage – Reviving Themes of History and Place

Adjacent to the Oklahoma City National Memorial, The Heritage occupies one of the Nation’s most sensitive sites. Its stunning restoration and adaptation has not only revived a historic structure, but has filled a symbolic void in Oklahoma City’s skyline.

Working with the Heritage Trust and a development group, Smith Dalia led the comprehensive restoration of this iconic building. The adaptation included modern offices with increased flexibility for future uses, complete with a glass-curtain-walled penthouse added atop the building. An art curator was retained by The Heritage Trust to develop high-end art installations that thematically link the building’s public spaces.

The 1923 structure received significant damage in the Oklahoma City bombing of April 19, 1995, which destroyed the nearby Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Following the bombing, the building became the home of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. SDA provided the level of knowledgeable and responsive architectural treatment mandated by this treasured OKC landmark.

Photo Credits: Scott Chester 2017
Brandon Snider 2017