MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), and Skirvin Partners in Development, the owners of the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, today announced Skirvin Partners, LLC, the Oklahoma City Redevelopment Authority and the Center for Economic Development Law have been awarded a 2015 State Historic Preservation Officer’s Citation of Merit at Oklahoma’s 27th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference on June 4, 2015. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is the majority owner of Skirvin Partners and currently manages the Skirvin Hilton hotel.
The development group was recognized for the joint effort to establish the preservation easement for the protection of the historic AAA Four Diamond Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, Okla. In 2004, Skirvin Partners, LLC and the Oklahoma City Redevelopment Authority, with the assistance of the Center for Economic Development Law, executed the Redevelopment Agreement for the historic Skirvin Hotel. The agreement required donation of a preservation easement to ensure protection of the hotel’s architectural, historic and cultural features for the benefit of the people of Oklahoma City. On September 9, 2014, the mayor and city council accepted the donation of the preservation easement on the property, with a positive recommendation from the Historic Preservation Commission. It is the first preservation easement granted to the city and will ensure protection of this landmark hotel in perpetuity.
“We are very honored to receive this recognition from the Oklahoma Historical Society. The restoration of this premier property was a complex undertaking from both a restoration and financial viewpoint. It is very rewarding to see that nearly eight years after the renovations were completed, the Skirvin continues to represent a piece of the city’s past and future and is carrying on its tradition as the premier hotel for residents and guests,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation.
Twenty-two citations were presented at the annual award program to individuals, organizations, agencies and firms that have made important contributions in the preservation of Oklahoma’s rich heritage. The awards recognize positive impacts on the preservation of Oklahoma’s historic properties through restoration, rehabilitation, research, planning, public programming and other activities.
For more information about the State Historic Preservation Office’s awards programs, please visit: http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/shpoawards.htm.
About the State Historic Preservation Office
The State Historic Preservation Office is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.
About The Skirvin Hilton
The Skirvin Hilton originally opened in 1911 and has been synonymous with elegance and innovation for the past five generations, hosting oil barons, dignitaries, movie stars, political leaders and presidents ever since. Guests from around the globe have traveled through the downtown Skirvin Hilton to experience its unique sophistication and timelessness. In 2007, Skirvin Partners in Development, Marcus Hotels & Resorts and Hilton partnered on renovating the hotel to its original glory. The reopening event was designated as an official Oklahoma Centennial event and since the renovation; the hotel has earned a AAA Four Diamond rating every year and received the Mayor’s Development Award for best downtown development.
The hotel features 225 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 20 one-bedroom suites, one presidential suite and 18,500 square feet of premier meeting and pre-function space. It is home to the upscale Park Avenue Grill restaurant and Red Piano lounge.
In 2013, the Skirvin was named one of the best hotel meeting destinations and received a prestigious Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings magazine. The hotel was also once again recognized as one of the 2015 Best Hotels in the USA by U.S. News & World Report, finishing as the #1 Hotel in Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma. The hotel remains on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, please visit www.skirvinhilton.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@SkirvinHiltonOK).
About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in 11 states. A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations. The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels. For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).