Historic Guthrie landmark up for sale due to lack of funding

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GUTHRIE, Okla. - If you've been in downtown Guthrie, chances are you’ve seen the State Capital Publishing Company Building.

It's unused now and it could remain that way unless someone saves it.

"At one point, it was the largest printing plant west of the Mississippi," said Nathan Turner.

But the 113-year-old building has been closed for two years because of a lack of funding.

"All of the money that we've invested has been to keep it safe for the public to make it operational," he said.

Right now, the Oklahoma Historical Society owns the landmark as a museum but a busted boiler shut it down.

Dr. Bob Blackburn, with the Oklahoma Historical Society, said budget cuts have created the financial shortfall.

"What happens now? We know this is a significant structure historically, locally, statewide and national architecturally, as well as history," Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, said.

Now, the historical society is working through a state agency, the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, to redevelop the crumbling structure.

"Hopefully, we can find an organization or a business to use the building,” Blackburn said.

It will cost $4 million just to bring it up to code.

The old typewriters, printing presses and other memorabilia will head to the Oklahoma History Center and other museums.

Others could be up for sale.

"We are not abandoning the place. We're trying to find a way to transition a business plan to something that is sustainable that contributes back to the community," he said.

Requests for proposal will be accepted until Nov. 2.

For more information, visit the OMES Real Estate and Leasing Services or call (405) 521-3819.

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