For Immediate Release: April 10, 2007
Artist Christopher Nick looks at his painting following its
unveiling in the Senate Chamber Tuesday.
Painting of State Capitol Architect
A painting depicting Solomon Layton, architect
of the Oklahoma State Capitol, laying the cornerstone of the
building has been officially dedicated. Former State Senator
Charles Ford, President of the Oklahoma State Senate Historical
Preservation Fund, Inc., unveiled the painting during a ceremony
in the Senate Chamber on Tuesday.
The painting was created by artist Christopher Nick, of Oklahoma
City, and was sponsored by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American
Institute of Architects, an organization dedicated to promoting
public awareness, understanding and appreciation of architecture.
The organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
“Solomon Layton was a part of the Cherokee Strip landrun
in 1893. He designed commercial buildings in downtown Oklahoma
City, 46 buildings for the Oklahoma City Public Schools, and
some 16 courthouses throughout Oklahoma,” Ford said. “He
also was the architect for the Skirvin Hotel, but without a
doubt, his most prominent work is the Oklahoma State Capitol.
This is an especially appropriate painting as both our state
and AIA Oklahoma celebrate their centennials.”
Architects Solomon Layton and S. Wemyss Smith were awarded the
contract for the building on January 7, 1911. Construction began
on July 20, 1915. The cornerstone ceremony was held on statehood
day, November 16, 1915. The building was completed on June 30th,
To view “Solomon Layton, Cornerstone of the Oklahoma State
Capitol,” and other pieces of original art sponsored by
the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, Inc.,
go to www.oksenate.gov and select “Senate Artwork.”
For more information contact:
Pam Hodges: (405) 521-5675