MORE GREAT NEWS FOR THE NICHOLS DIXON!
NICHOLS DIXON will be featured at the 11th Annual Annual American Institute of Architects Tour is this Saturday, April 14th from 12:00 until 6:00 pm! Tickets cost $12 if you purchase them before noon on Friday, April 13th and $15 at the door of any tour location. The American Institute of Architects is a national, professional organization with over 450 Oklahoma members and over 80,000 members nationwide that promotes and supports the architectural profession in individual communities.
Visitors will get the chance to view and explore historic buildings brought back to life as well as newer structures, some of which are still being completed. Tour sites include private residence, large and small corporate buildings and even Fire Station #6 located in Bricktown.
Nichols Dixon is located at 104 East Main Street. Now designed and constructed by the locally renowned Butzer Gardner Architecture Firm and Brent Swift Construction, the building dates back to the very early 1900's and was the first building constructed on Main Street in Norman. In 1912, the structure served as a drug store and pharmacy. During the University of Oklahoma football games, the scores and highlights would be transmitted via telegraph to the store for the Norman townspeople to crowd in and listen to.
It was later converted into a jewelry store. The owner constructed the vintage steel vault that remains in working order to this day. The building eventually fell into disrepair and was abandoned. Mr. Nichols was practicing law down the road and noticed the sad old building. He and his wife contacted the architect and thus began a great collaboration that led to the stunning structure evident today.
Rain or shine, the firm will be open to all tour participants to explore a part of Norman history brought back to life!