A historic building once called the “Church of Tomorrow” was demolished on Monday.
The shape of the first Christian church on Northwest 36th Street and North Walker Avenue led to the nickname “The Egg Church”.
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The vacant building was in the throes of expensive maintenance, but many neighbors now say they don’t like the way the demolition was done.
Demolition began Monday morning, the same day the permit was made public.
“It was definitely a quick hit to bypass all the preservation efforts,” said Molly McBride, president of the Crown Heights-Edgemere Heights neighborhood association.
“It’s a heartbreaking thing. It’s a landmark in Oklahoma City, a fantastic mid-century building that’s been around for 70 years, and losing it in such a sneaky way was especially upsetting.
Resident David Dobson, who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years, said seeing the rubble brought tears to his eyes.
“I was shocked. Absolutely, I was shocked,” Dobson said. here and it was already down.”
These neighbors hope that all future developers will keep the integrity and history of the neighborhood in mind.