This Building Was Just Destoryed This Week Print
Written by Steve Lackmeyer   
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 01:48

Yes, I'm not making this up. This building was standing across the street from the Gold Dome at NW 23 and Western Avenue until last week. But no protesters greeted the bulldozers this time around. I know, I know, you swear you've not seen it. But like me, you also are surprised to learn that Carnation was once a big supplier of ice cream and not just powdered milk, and that it boasted a cool chain of ice cream shops.

 

I can't report when the ice cream shop closed down. But we do know that the opening in 1946 was a big deal - it was't just an ice cream store, it was a "demonstration store" with the latest "ultra-modern" equpment.

The interior was a pretty cool set-up - one that reminds me of the Friendly's chain that can be found on the east coast today. So what happened?

This happened. The building was, at some point, converted into one of the ugliest Chinese restaurants to ever exist in Oklahoma City's Asian District. Note the old Carnation roof sign can still be seen below, even if the rest of the structure was covered up with ugly wood siding.

This is all that remains this week. The building was torn down to make way for a new Asian shopping center.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2009 02:42