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Notes on the Geography of Oklahoma: Downtown Oklahoma City: Photo 13

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The most important building? One contender is the former office of The Oklahoman, the enormously influential newspaper built up by E.K. Gaylord and still owned by the Gaylord family. The newspaper moved here in 1909 and stayed until 1991, when it moved to a new tower ten miles north. In the aftermath of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995, the Gaylord family donated this building to the YMCA, whose own building had been destroyed in the blast. The column-crazed architect, by the way, was Solomon Layton, perhaps the most prolific architect in the city's history. As for the newspaper itself, which in 1999 was taken to task in the Columbia Journalism Review as the nation's worst big-city daily, at least it's been consistent. On the big day of Oklahoma's statehood, in 1907, the front page reported a fatal saloon duel, a firebug in nearby Enid, a house robbed in broad daylight, and a crooked Brooklyn bank.

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