Built in 1931, this building was historically known as Mayfair Apartments. From 1910 through 1935, numerous brick box apartment buildings were constructed in midtown Oklahoma City and reflected the area's historical development. The Mayfair is among the last of this building type constructed during that period. The Mayfair opened with fanfare citing “No expense has been spared in making the 24 ultra-modern apartment homes the finest and most luxurious ever offered in Oklahoma City.” It even featured an elevator, a rarity among similar apartment buildings. The Mayfair, was one of only a few that offered paid maid service, utility bills and garages for tenants owning automobiles. Residents could be found on the society pages and, according to the Polk City Directories, included Perle Mesta and her brother. Around the 1980s, the building was remodeled for office use, which it remained until purchased for redevelopment in the first decade of the 21st century.
The Mayfair, is individually listed on the National Register Places using a Multiple Property Description developed by PandDStudio, which has made it possible for a handful of other such apartment buildings in the vicinity to also be listed on the Register and qualify for preservation tax credits. The completed rehabilitation project maintains the standard set in 1931, by recreating 13 modern, luxurious, market rate apartments.
The Mayfair was one of 11 buildings in and around the Automobile Alley Historic District that were rehabilitated and adapted to new uses between 2008 and 2017 for which PandDStudio provided a variety of services such as historical research, National Register nominations, existing conditions drawings, design and preservation consulting, and preservation tax credits consulting and application management. The project received the State Historic Preservation Officer's Citation of Merit.
LOCATION: Oklahoma City, OK
CLIENT; Midtown Renaissance