Downtown Oklahoma City’s oldest commercial building opening as apartments

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The oldest commercial building in downtown Oklahoma City is seeing new life.

A first-class hotel built in 1904, The Marion used to be the place to stay for visitors.

However, it's been boarded up for almost 40 years until Midtown Renaissance took it over for a complete overhaul.

It’s a delicate process for the 111-year-old building. Falling pieces from the building have become keepsakes for nearby neighbors.

"He has a collection of Marion bricks from bricks that have fallen off the building," Chris Fleming, partner with Midtown Renaissance, said.

Luckily, the construction was a success and remnants of the Marion's former glory are part of a new apartment complex.

"You can stand at the top of the stairs and look down and see this most beautiful mosaic floor, and somebody a hundred years ago could be looking down and seeing the same thing you're looking at," Fleming said.

Not everything was able to be included in the new building. Crews actually saved a spiral staircase that was moved to the an area near the Midtown District and Automobile Alley.

"We pulled it out with the crane, and when we did, it just kind of looked like a strand of DNA, so we reinstalled it in the garage. We call it architecture DNA," Mickey Clagg, partner with Midtown Renaissance, said.

The Marion will open as apartments on April 1.

Most of the apartments are rented, but they still have four left.

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