The Business of Preservation: Community and Cooperation in Oklahoma City
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location Name
East C

Hear how the National Trust for the Historic Preservation's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is exploring preservation economics to promote equity and justice through its Business of Preservation initiative. Panelists will introduce the initiative's inaugural project: a collaborative effort with the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority (OCURA) and the Oklahoma City Redevelopment Authority to preserve the Brockway Center and Lyons-Luster Mansion. Learn about these historically significant sites; how community members co-designed a vision for these properties based on legacies of Black excellence, service, entrepreneurship, and cooperative economics in both the initial visioning phase and the technical feasibility study; and the ways that the trust and energy generated during community visioning enabled an exploration of innovative, collective ownership structures. Panelists will also discuss opportunities and challenges in balancing alternative ownership models–especially those designed to help residents retain and invest in their neighborhoods–with long-term financial sustainability.

Welcoming & Belonging, Historic Preservation, Civic Leader
Melissa Jest
Session Type
75-Minute Classroom Session