A development group may restore the long-closed Casa Grande Hotel on Route 66 in Elk City, Okla., and convert it into apartments for moderate-income families, according to an article by The Daily Elk Citian.
City commissioners passed a resolution supporting the group’s efforts, although it didn’t pass a zoning change for the project, the newspaper said.
The Casa Grande Hotel, built in 1928 by the Oklahoma City firm of Hawk & Parr, was the largest hotel on Route 66 between Oklahoma City and Amarillo. According to Blog Oklahoma, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
The Parker Drilling Rig No. 114, which dominates the skyline in Elk City, sits virtually next door to the hotel. It is one of the world’s tallest oil rigs on display.
(Vintage postcard of the Casa Grande Hotel via 66Postcards.com)