Scott Dedmon and J.C.
Witcher, with architecture firm ADG, presented the plan to the Bricktown Urban
Design Committee Jan. 22 for approval, on behalf of Irving, Texas-based hotel
developer Daxesh Patel. His company has hotels in Texas and Arkansas.
The site, 101 E.
Main, was slated for a Holiday Inn Express in 2008 with a different developer.
Those plans fell through, but committee member Bob Bright questioned Dedmon
about the committee’s prior approval for the hotel that would have retained
some of the walls of the Steffen’s building.
“The retention of
these historical elements was important to the committee at that time,” Bright
With the building in
disrepair, and the inability to determine how long a certain wall had been a
part of the building, Dedmon said it made sense to build the new hotel from
scratch. The designs include a brick façade with a glassed, two-story lobby and
restaurant area on the southwest corner, and a looming, three-story, aluminum
entry feature over the front door.
The protruding aluminum
entryway drew criticism from committee members for its design and materials.
“It just seems to be
stuck on what’s otherwise a very handsome building,” Bright said.
Committee member Phil
Miller didn’t mind the design, but didn’t care for the aluminum. Dedmon
responded to concerns that the entryway looked too modern on the brick
building, and that it would clash with the fabric of other historic buildings
in the area.
expression is an addition to Bricktown,” he said.
Dedmon argued that
while the design has strong connections to Bricktown’s past, he is not trying
to replicate what is already there.
“We’re scraping the
site clean and building a building in 2013,” he said. “I don’t feel coming in
and building a building that’s kind of a Disneyland replica of the warehouses
is the right thing to do.”
approved the plan on the condition that Dedmon return with additional options
for the front entrance. Signage on the building will require a separate
K.J. Jones, who
builds hotels for Patel, said the company handles the construction and
operation of its hotels. He said the company’s biggest hotel is the 107-room
Couryard Marriott in Amarillo, which is in a renovated, historic building.
Demolition of the
Steffen’s building will commence this spring, Jones said, with construction to
begin immediately thereafter. He said the company would like to have it open in
2014, if not sooner.
“I’d like to have it
open by Christmas,” he said.