Legacy Revival (NewsOK)

C.W. Morgan is smiling a lot more these days as he passes the corner of NE 4 and Lincoln.

For years, his family's legacy, the two-story, Art Deco Morgan Building was boarded up and cut off from surrounding streets.

But the glass blocks and new windows are providing passers-by like Morgan proof the property finally is coming back to life after numerous sales from one owner to another who failed to make any significant repairs.

JHBR, an architecture firm, recently moved into the second floor of the building while renovations continue on the first floor.

This was the building where Morgan's father, Dr. Charles Morgan, gave his life serving a black community deprived care at the city's medical establishments during the Jim Crow era.

“I can see through with their lights on,” C.W. Morgan said Monday. “I can see activity going on. They're doing all the right things. It's my challenge at age 66 to live long enough to see it all come to fruition.”

The Morgan story is part of what attracted Branson Young, principal architect at JHBR, to the building a dozen years ago. He first sought to buy the building in 2004 but was rebuffed by its owners.

He then noticed the building was up for sale last year as the firm was looking to move from its former home along Film Row.

“The building escaped all the downtown demolition,” Young said. “We don't have a lot of surviving examples of Art Deco architecture. It has that streamlined appearance to it. It's a bit of a rarity. And then we discovered the history.”

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