Sunbeam Family Service Center

Designed by Howard, Samis & Davies
1965
616 NW 21st St., OKC

For years, the Sunbeam Home’s Family Service Center was located in several structures on SW 2nd in downtown OKC, but construction on the then-new (now demolished) Crosstown Expressway in the early 60’s meant that these buildings had to come down to make room for the highway.  After a three-year fundraising drive, the Sunbeam Home raised the needed $98,000 to construct the football-shaped Family Services building, and it opened to great fanfare in 1965.

The two-story (including basement) building housed a reception area, counseling offices, a basement conference room, a den area, and several storage rooms until Sunbeam vacated the space in 2013 and moved to a new building on Classen.  The building went up for sale and was bought by a lover of mid-century architecture in the spring of 2015.  The owner now parcels out the space in this well-preserved piece of Modernism to individuals and small businesses.

Read more about Bill Howard and his work here.