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Centennial highs

The 100-year-old Skirvin keeps getting better with age. The anniversary party starts Oct. 16.

Mark Hancock October 5th, 2011

The Skirvin Hilton, the stately hotel situated in downtown OKC, is celebrating a century.

OKC’s grand dame of hotels re-opened in 2007 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. A week-long celebration is planned to commemorate 100 years (see sidebar Page 22).

The Skirvin Hilton, located at 1 Park Ave., gets its character from a combination of the old and new: vintage woodwork in the lobby, intricate stonework on the facades, retro phones, contemporary color schemes, new chandeliers and wrought-iron railings. See for yourself, in the slideshow below.


—100th Anniversary Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, Park Avenue Grill (reservations)

—Opening of “Memories & Mementos,” 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, second floor

—Lunch: “The Early Years,” 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, Park Avenue Grill

—“The Early Years,” 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, to 1 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Red Piano Lounge

—Music by the OKC Philharmonic, 5:30-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, lobby

—Dinner: “The Early Years,” 5:30-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, Park Avenue Grill (reservations)

—Lunch: “The Roaring ’20s,” 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Park Avenue Grill

—“The Roaring ’20s,” 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, to 1 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Red Piano Lounge

—Dinner: “The Roaring ’20s,” 6-10 p.m., Park Avenue Grill (reservations)

—Tea Dance with Loyd Hanes Orchestra, 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Venetian Room (reservations)

—Lunch: “The Fabulous ’50s,” 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Park Avenue Grill

—“The Fabulous ’50s,” 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, to 1 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Red Piano Lounge

—Dinner theater: Wade Tower performs, 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Park Avenue Grill (reservations)

—Lunch: “The Sensational ’70s,” 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Park Avenue Grill

—“’70s Disco Night” sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, to 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Red Piano Lounge, Lobby (retro disco clothing encouraged)

—Dinner: “The Sensational ’70s,” 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Park Avenue Grill (reservations)

—Skirvin Centennial Gala, 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, benefiting the Foundation for the Oklahoma City Public Schools and the Homeless Alliance (call 272-3040)

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