In the February 5, 1903 Cordell Beacon, the front page story was about the Citizens State Bank, whose officers were D.J. Dean, J. C. Harrel, and R. B. Wells, announcing plans to immediately start construction of a new two-story brick building on a corner lot northeast of the Square.

The February 19, 1903 Cordell Beacon had a story announcing Mr. A. C. Butler and Mr. J. W. Smith were in the process of constructing a 50-foot front building by 100-feet deep located across the street just southwest of the courthouse square. Butler and Smith had predicted their building would be finished first and were looking forward to offering Cordell its first all brick business building. The building contest was on and it was interesting to see W.H. Dean, W.I. Fisher, T.A. Edwards, and R.T. Bilups.

In July 1903, the bank opened for business, however, the rooms upstairs were still being finished. They reported that the cost to date of the new modern bank building was $6,000,  while the Smith-Butler building was still some months away from completion and the anticipated costs would exceed $6,500. A brick sidewalk was constructed in front of the new bank building as well as the Butler-Smith building. The October 1903 Beacon said Cordell customers could tie their horses and buggies to a hitching rail while shopping in Cordell. If you look closely you can see the horses tied up.

The Bank Lofts include two studio apartments, a conference room, and offer a unique lodging experience full of character coupled with all of the modern conveniences. The totally refurbished furnished studio apartments, using distinctive styles from different periods, feature original hardwood floors, doors and transoms. Each studio apartment houses a full kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom with shower, and an independent security system. The apartments also share a laundry room and are available for short and long term use. The conference room has a conference table that will accommodate up to eight persons, a wet bar, its own bathroom, and high speed Internet access. This space is ideal for professionals and may be rented daily or weekly.

Cordell was the first city in Oklahoma to receive the prestigious Great American Main Street Award for its historic and community development achievements. The Bank Lofts was awarded the Oklahoma Main Street 2004 Interior Design Award for the Best Interior Design.

Nestled on Cordell's downtown square, the Bank Lofts overlook both Main Street and the east end of the Washita County Court House. The Bank Lofts are ideally located within walking distance to many quaint shops, restaurants, parks, galleries, and the award winning Washita Theater.

The Bank Lofts
On the Square
Proprietors: Phil and Milli Kliewer
203 East Main Street; Cordell, Oklahoma 73632
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