Meet the ‘Cleveland’ copper gutter conductor head that will soon be installed on the historic Markham Building in Automobile Alley, the city’s first row of auto dealerships following WWI.
The Cleveland and the Chandler were the two brands sold from the dealership. Hence, the name, ‘Cleveland.’ The vehicles were built with wood and covered with metal. Over time, the wood rotted, which is why you don’t see many of these vehicles around today.
The last undeveloped historic building left on Automobile Alley is set to be renovated into law offices and a bank with improvements including a rooftop conference center and patio terrace.
Attorney Michael Burrage originally lost out on buying the Markham Building, 512 N Broadway, three years ago when it was purchased by New Source Energy Partners. The energy company gutted the building, removed asbestos and had plans drawn up for an ambitious remodeling into a corporate headquarters.
Burrage said he is fascinated by the building’s history, which dates back to the emergence of Automobile Alley as the city’s first row of car dealerships following World War I. County Assessor records indicate the building was built in 1914, though other sources indicate the dealership’s founder, Blair Markham, didn’t move to Oklahoma City until 1918 and built the dealership in 1920.
Statewide Roofing fabricated and installed the copper guttering system and headers.
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