Located along historic Route 66 through the Oklahoma state capital, 23rd Street had become a neglected uptown Oklahoma City corridor since the 1970s. Only in the past decade have new revitalization efforts come to fruition along the corridor, with success stories like 23rd Street Courts paving the way.
A strip of 1930s cottage-style homes was renovated and adapted to hold retail and small offices with a cohesive landscaped and pedestrian-friendly master plan. The central concept of this plan provides a series of well-landscaped courtyards between the buildings and a continuous pedestrian plaza linking the street-side entrances of all buildings. The plaza is elevated slightly from the street-level sidewalk yet maintains visual connection with passing cars and pedestrians. Several pathways and street parking are provided at each of the signs marking the individual tenants. The signs also serve as landscape art objects creating a secondary visual rhythm and connection to link the spaces.
The 23rd Street Courts project stands as proof that new life is possible with intelligent reuse of financially risky renovations.