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Restoration continues at the People's Petroleum Building

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:32pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 12:26pm

The People's Petroleum Building in downtown Tyler is getting a face lift.

And KETK got a first hand look today at the progress.

The new owners took over about two years ago.

And they wanted to restore it back to when the building was open in the 30s.

With the marble floors and the red oak doors its like a blast from the past.

The now called People's Petroleum Building was built in 1932, during the oil boom in Tyler.

''You don't get this anywhere this is the only building of its kind for sure and probably in East Texas," said Restoration Contractor Randy Garrett.

The 15 story oil building that also was a bank at one time sits right in the heart of downtown.

"It's such a beautiful part of our history and the craftsmanship inside there with the marble and the hardwoods are just unmatched to anything that's built these days," said Pres.of Bergfeld Realty Co. Andy Bergfeld.

Now, 81 years later, Tim and Garnett Brookshire along with Andy Bergfeld partnered together to restore the old landmark to its original look.

"Over the years people tried to update it and with office market it was time to take on that project and really put that building back the way they should be," said Bergfeld. 

They are restoring two floors at a time and took out the escalator to replace with a marble staircase.

"We were able to go back to the original bones but add the technology with all the cabling and wiring and up to date system so you got a modern space but it's got that historic feel to it," said Bergfeld.

So far, the 9th-11th floor have future tenants.

'When you go up to the 10th floor and you got marble hallways and red oak door frames and door you just don't have that in new construction," said Bergfeld.

Garrett said it's a once in a lifetime project.

"Looks like an old building but the guts of it are brand new so its pretty exciting," said Garrett.  

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An eyesore in keeping with the rest of downtown.

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