Beautification & Landscaping (annual budget <$100,000): Idabel Main Street
If you want to talk about recycling on a grand
scale, talk to the folks with the Idabel Main Street program. They
stepped in at the last minute to save the town's historic Rouleau
["Roo-LOW"] Hotel from the wrecking ball and helped to turn it into
energy-efficient apartments for the elderly.
Built in 1916, the Rouleau, once the center of social and
civic activity in Idabel, had been vacant for decades and was badly
deteriorated. The Main Street program contacted Southridge, a
Kingfisher firm with a good record of successfully converting old
structures. A combination of hundreds of volunteer hours over a four-
year period, the involvement of the Little Dixie Community Action
Agency, and a one-point-eight million dollar investment from Southridge
have brought life back to what's now called the Rouleau House. It was
named to the National Register of Historic Places a year ago.
Our judges say the magnitude and results of this project are
amazing. The Idabel Main Street program is good news for historic
preservation and restoration in Oklahoma.
Posted on 05/01/2003
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under