TULSA, Okla. - A historic Route 66 landmark in Tulsa is now listed as one of Oklahoma's Most Endangered Places.
The Brookshire Motel along Route 66 at 11th Street is at risk of being torn down if it is not repaired -- landing it on the 2019 list announced by Preservation Oklahoma.
“The past year has proved to be a difficult time for Oklahoma’s historical structures with the loss of Founder’s Bank, the fire and partial loss of Brookshire Motel in Tulsa and the uncertain future of the First Christian Church.” - POK Executive Director Cayla Lewis/PreservationOK.org
Built in the 1940s, the motel has been closed and abandoned for several years. In February 2018 the motel caught fire and suffered catastrophic damage, according to the Tulsa Foundation of Architecture.
FOX23's Sara Hart was at the scene in the aftermath of the fire:
The cottages and vintage neon sign remain intact, but the main building was destroyed. If repairs are not made, the site could be at risk of getting demolished.
“The list of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Places was created to bring awareness to the importance of protecting our state’s historical resources such as these. Our hope is to bring the issue to light so more Oklahomans are educated on what they can do to help advocate for these landmarks.” - POK Executive Director Cayla Lewis/PreservationOK.org
Before the fire, officials say the City of Tulsa had already been spending thousands of dollars to keep squatters out of the historic site. FOX23's Mariah Ellis talked to officials with the Route 66 Commission about the plans for the building before catastrophe:
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