The Marion Hotel is a three-story brick building constructed in 1908. The windows and doors are all boarded up. Shuttered since the mid-1970s, the place was once a lively family hotel. Bess Haney, the wife of a traveling salesman and mother of five ran the hotel from 1946 to 1971. Her son, Malcolm recalls: "It was the last place many army recruits stayed before they shipped off to boot camp because the U.S. Army recruiting center was across the street." The Haney's saw countless young servicemen from across the state off to the Vietnam and Korean wars over the years. Malcolm says, "It was a warm family place and Bess was the matriarch of the family."
The 110-year-old, three-story building is the oldest downtown, and was empty and boarded up for two decades before it was purchased by the Midtown Renaissance Group in 2006. It didn’t take long before partner Chris Fleming discovered why a series of owners abandoned any efforts to restore the hotel.
Hotel Marion's restoration and renovation is being spearheaded by Architect David Kraszewski and Lingo Construction of Oklahoma City.