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Historic building in Bartlesville saved from demolition

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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 2/14 10:18 pm Published: 2/14 10:10 pm

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A historic building in downtown Bartlesville nearly disappeared. After two fires put it out of use in 2009, the city planned to tear it down, but two days before demolition it got saved.

This historic building's revival was the perfect opportunity for Dena Stewart to fulfill a dream of running her own bakery.

The Stewarts are the first to open up shop in the renovated building.

The Sare family bought and restored it after the two devastating fires.

From the staircases, to the floors and the walls, the Sares tried to save as much history as they could.

"Something neat about this room right here is this floor is the only original floor left in the building. It's awesome, because it's history," said Stewart.

All three floors are being made ready for retail shops, loft apartments, space for weddings and parties, even a rooftop spot for catered events.

The Stewarts say people in the community are excited to see a landmark that's been part of the city since 1910 returned to its former glory.

"Yes, excitement that there are businesses coming in. They're really excited that they're keeping it open to the public rather than making it an office building. People can come in and they can enjoy the place and get to feel a part of it," Stewart said.

The Stewarts have their sweet shop in the building now, but there will be a grand opening for the rest of the building in June.

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