INNOVATORS AND DREAMERS: CHRIS LILLY

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Tulsa’s Fox Hotel is one of the city’s oldest buildings—built a century ago—now faded, with bricked up windows. Nearby, the original Ford Model-T dealership languished as a warehouse. Where some saw tired, outdated structures, architect Chris Lilly saw what they could become. Lilly specializes in renovation and preservation. Because blueprints of the old buildings no longer exist, Lilly invented a method of using a scanner to get a 3D image of old buildings, much like an MRI. The scan reveals details of the structure, so it can be renovated better than ever. An entire block of the Brady Arts District is being transformed into apartments, a brewery, and bakery, because of Chris Lilly’s vision.