First National Center - Great Banking Hall
Originally known as the First National Bank Building upon its debut in 1931, the First National Center lies in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. Resembling the Empire State Building, it employs a neoclassical style featuring polished aluminum, granite, glass, and several varieties of marble. The dazzling building caught the eye of our Founder, Jeff Greene, in 1985, when it tragically failed and was left to decay. Since then, he has been pitching for its restoration. Finally, after almost thirty years of neglect, Gary Brooks and Charlie Nicholas purchased the building and hired EverGreene to curb its deterioration and restore it to its original glory.
The restoration of the building’s Great Banking Hall was completed in December of 2021. EverGreene performed aqueous cleaning of stone columns, walls, and stair surrounds and treated stained areas with a poultice of cellulose material and filtered water. Dry, aqueous, and solvent cleaning methods will be used where appropriate on aluminum, steel, bronze, and brass elements such as handrails, grilles, doors, door surrounds, teller cages, mail chutes, Juliet balconies, mezzanine fascias, stair rails, drinking fountains, vault cages, and other decorative features. Then, we restored degraded and lost patina finishes on aluminum and steel features as needed, and applied a protective layer of matte lacquer finish.
The decoratively painted ceilings underwent both dry and surface cleaning, as well as paint consolidation, substrate repair, the application of isolation varnish, inpainting, the application of unifying varnish, and replication. Additionally, the four murals created by Chicago artist, Edgar Spier Cameron, in the Great Hall were cleaned and restored.
The hall has been transformed into the lobby for the hotel, a living room for the apartments, and an event destination with the allure of the speakeasy in the vault.