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Stage Center, Oklahoma City

July 31, 2013

It appears that another iconic piece of Oklahoma City architecture will be razed soon. Modernist architect John Johansen’s Mummer’s Theater, now Stage Center, built in 1970, has been purchased by an investment firm which plans to build a 20-story office tower.

The modernist building has had a litany of problems for a long time, and not enough capital interest to address them accordingly. It’s sad, because it seems like Oklahoma City has a history of ignoring old structures until it’s too late, particularly in the core of the city. There were some valiant efforts made to save the building, one of the most exciting being a push to turn it into a children’s museum, but to no avail.

So, last summer I shot a bunch of abstractions of this abstract structure with my old twin lens. I haven’t really done anything with them and since the official word is out on the demise of the building now seems like a good time to show some of the shots. Click the first image for a slideshow.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2013 6:34 pm

    These are really cool. How cool would it to put on a big memorial send off? Invite artists and community members to revisit their memories of Stage Center, invite out the mummers , and storytellers, and shakespeareios and put on a show.

    • brettdeering permalink*
      July 31, 2013 10:04 pm

      Thanks BC, and that’s a great idea!

  2. tracy Sputnik Floreani permalink
    August 7, 2013 2:08 pm

    These are great! I would have loved to see the inside in its heyday.

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