The Sidney and Mary Lyons Residence and Commercial Historic District contains some of the most intact, original architectural resources with direct ties to the Deep Deuce community of OKC and its history as a segregated Black American community. The property consists of 5 resources associated with Sidney and Mary Lyons, who were among the wealthiest black Oklahomans during the early 20th century and ran numerous successful business ventures in retail, real estate, and oil.
Key resources include the luxurious Italian Renaissance Revival styled residence previously known as the Melvin F. Luster House and the building in which cosmetic products of the East India Toilet Goods Manufacturing Company were made. PandDStudio wrote an update to the 1983 National Register nomination providing a comprehensive historical account and description of the property. The period of significance was expanded to 1912-1957 and cultural and commercial areas of significance were added.
Other services included historic preservation consulting and grant writing support with cost estimates for the anticipated rehabilitation of all structures. The owner recently received a planning grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
LOCATION: Oklahoma City, OK
CLIENT: OKC Urban Renewal Authority