The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 December 2004

Dome on the range

The beehive is about to reopen for business.

The Golden Dome at 23rd and Classen has been undergoing refurbishment, and owner Irene Lam, whose optometry office will occupy part of the dome, is getting ready to start looking for tenants. Lam bought the building from Bank One in 2003 for $1.1 million, and estimates she's spent at least that much on the renovations; the city of Oklahoma City offered a loan guarantee to assist Lam.

Part of the structure will be reserved for a cultural center, but about 26,000 square feet will be available for office space. Construction work should be completed by early February.

The next step is to figure out some way to restore the gold-anodized finish of the dome without going totally broke.

Posted at 11:17 AM to City Scene


Glad to see someone else has adopted the term "beehive" for the gold dome! Love it!

Posted by: LilRed at 1:31 PM on 30 December 2004

Didn't Citizens National Bank (the original occupant of the dome) have a little cartoon bee in its advertising way back when? (I didn't get here until the Seventies.)

Posted by: CGHill at 5:56 PM on 30 December 2004

I don't know...but it would certainly make sense!

Posted by: LilRed at 9:50 PM on 30 December 2004