Public’s help sought for hotel research
Architects coordinating the upcoming renovation of Shawnee’s historic Aldridge Hotel are looking for a little help.

The Hill Firm of Fort Smith, Ark., will be working with ERC Properties on renovations of the structure with historical architect Ron Frantz of the Frantz Alliance of Oklahoma City consulting.

Photos to help research the original interior of the Aldridge are being sought, said Meg Shockley, internal project manager and interior designer for the Hill Firm.

And what we’re trying to track down is existing drawings, she said.

They also will be looking for sources for fixtures to bring the structure back as close as possible to its former glory.

Shockley was horrified to discover a previous Aldridge owner sold the crystal chandeliers and many other fixtures.

As an interior designer, that almost made me cry, she said, after viewing a few old pictures of the interior.

But the architects are excited at the commitment of the community to bring the Aldridge back and are thrilled at the reaction they have gotten from city officials and Shawnee citizens.

We have gone to speak with the head building inspectors with the city of Shawnee and everybody seems to be really behind this project, even to the point that the governor is involved because he’s from Shawnee and wants to see the building renovated, she said.

Shockley said they bypassed Phase I and are already in Phase II because the building is already on the National Register of Historic Places.

That’s a huge milestone that we don’t even have to deal with, she said.