The Oklahoman
By Steve Lackmeyer



Barring a completely unforeseen development, Oklahoma City's decades-long love/hate relationship with Stage Center will come to an end later this year when it is torn down to make way for a new OGE Energy Corp. headquarters.

The late John Johansen, who designed the building for its original tenant, Mummers Theater, was a genius who along with Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes are referred to as the "Harvard Five."

I suspect Johansen and Stage Center will be featured in architectural textbooks indefinitely. So why are so many people in Oklahoma City either ambivalent or cheering the pending destruction of what Johansen considered his finest work?

I admit I grew up in Oklahoma City not understanding Stage Center.

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