To walk in that building and see the original wood, the original seats, it just brings joy to my heart.
Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) September 21, 2013
According to Dan Davis, a personal injury lawyer in Oklahoma City, the Calvary Baptist Church at 300 N. Walnut Ave. was so damaged a few short years ago that its last congregation was limited to meeting in its basement.
Thanks to a restoration effort spearheaded by Davis and his wife Joy, not only was the Oklahoma City landmark restored and converted into the current office location for Daniel M. Davis Law, but according to The Oklahoman (“Star Spencer students tour restored Calvary Baptist Church,” August 29), the Oklahoma City lawyer allowed the public a glimpse of the restored building for the first time.
“We were looking for an office building, and we stumbled across this church,” Davis told The Oklahoman. “We walked in … and thought this has got tremendous possibility, and somebody needs to bring this church back because it has such a wonderful history.”
Davis said he discovered that the historic church played an important part in the Oklahoma City community. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall both spoke at the church, and the NAACP convention was held there, he said.
The Oklahoman reported that on August 28, the Calvary Baptist Church opened its doors to a few dozen high school students from Spencer High School. The students gathered in the original restored pews that sat atop the restored hardwood floors, the article said, and had an opportunity to listen to stories about the church’s role during the civil rights movement.
Davis said that just a few years ago, the leaking from the building’s roof was so extensive that the building was no longer insured and that church members were limited to meeting in the basement with the fear that the building would be condemned or torn down. That’s when he and his wife decided to invest millions in converting it into a home for his law firm.
Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer Davis said his goal was to restore “the promise and the glory” of the building by making it a functioning space for his office and the community – without losing the character of the church.
“I hope we’ve done that,” he said, with a smile.
Oklahoma County Commissioner Willa Johnson said she is grateful that Davis saved the building and is now offering it for community use. “To walk in that building and see the original wood, the original seats, it just brings joy to my heart,” Johnson said. “It just makes me feel so good.”
About The Dan Davis Law Firm
For over ten years, the Law Office of Daniel M. Davis has earned a hard-earned reputation as a law firm that’s dedicated to serving the legal needs of injury victims throughout Oklahoma. Attorney Dan Davis and his experienced legal team handle a wide variety of cases, from car and truck accidents, to workers compensation, to Social Security Disability. Call (405) 235-4000 or visit online at http://www.dandavislaw.com/ to learn more about the legal services provided by the Daniel M. Davis Law Firm.
Daniel M. Davis Law
300 N. Walnut Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104