“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ardmore in Carter County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

Ardmoreite Building

Ardmoreite Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 21, 2019
1. Ardmoreite Building Marker
Inscription.  This building, originally built in 1930 by architect J.B. White, was called the Gilbert Building. It was renamed the Ardmoreite Building in 1966 when it became the home of The Daily Ardmoreite. Between 1930 and 1966 many businesses called this property home including Oklahoma Gas and Electric, the Masonic Lodge and the Ardmore Little Theater. The area used by the Little Theater on the ground floor can still be recognized as having a catwalk, balcony seating, stage frame and a huge Viking head. And until 1975, the paper's press units were housed in the orchestra pit. The Ardmoreite decided to entomb the old press in concrete in the former orchestra pit rather than try to remove it.

The Masons used the fifth floor of the building for meetings and socializing. The area has distinct and beautiful architectural work on the upper floors. There was a small snack shop and grill in the lobby in the early years that served hamburgers, sandwiches, chips, etc. This building has been home to four radio stations, three dentists, four ranchers, six oil companies, two photography shops three insurance companies,

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two doctors of medicine, three financial companies, a credit service, a law firm, a television station, a newspaper, an electric company, a cosmetics firm, a roofing company, a Masonic Temple and a dried meat manufacturer.

The building has three elevators, two of which are freight elevators that are still operated manually. The third elevator was automated in the early 1970's. The building's basement area has been used for a storm shelter for the public when there is severe local weather.

The Ardmoreite sign on the southwest corner of the building was renovated in 1996 to include lighting and is very visible at night.
Erected by Ardmore Main Street Authority.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1930.
Location. 34° 10.465′ N, 97° 7.79′ W. Marker is in Ardmore, Oklahoma, in Carter County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broadway Street and B Street NW, on the right when traveling west on West Broadway Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 West Broadway Street, Ardmore OK 73401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Randol Hotel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Noble Brothers Hardware (about 600 feet away); Federal Courthouse (1898)

Ardmoreite Building and Marker (to right of entrance doors). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 21, 2019
2. Ardmoreite Building and Marker (to right of entrance doors).
(about 600 feet away); Luke’s Music Store (about 600 feet away); Hotel Wisnor / Carter-Booker Building (about 600 feet away); Masonic Temple 1896 (about 700 feet away); Killing of US Marshal Dow Braziel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daubes’ Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ardmore.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 146 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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