Tuesday, September 28, 2010
TFA is collaborating with Modern Tulsa and Philbrook Museum of Art to celebrate the Eames film "Powers of Ten." Although Charles and Ray Eames created "Powers of Ten" over 30 years ago, it is still very relevant today and an extremely useful tool in relating the importance of scale. In addition to the "Powers of Ten" film, we will be screening four other Eames films, each with commentary from local aficionados on the impact of modern design in Tulsa. Philbrook will also be making a very exciting announcement you won't want to miss!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The newest place to live in downtown Tulsa, 119 Downtown, is having an open house and tour of the model apartment unit on Thursday, September 9th from 5-8pm. River City Development is the team behind 119 Downtown; River City Development is also responsible for the conversion of the Philtower to apartments. The McIntosh Group is the architectural firm doing the renovation while Pohlenz Cucine Moderne is designing all the kitchens. One thing that differentiates this project from other recent residential developments downtown is that the 119 units are for sale, not rent. Click here for some great images and renderings of the project.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Think Art Deco is the only architecture Tulsa has to offer? Think again. Tulsa’s collection of Mid-Century Modern architecture is just as impressive as the classic buildings from the Roaring Twenties. So often, post war modernism is easily misunderstood and dismissed as “too new” to be considered historic, when in fact most mid-century buildings are nearing the standard 50-year-old mark, if they haven’t already.
You’ll have an opportunity to view images and architectural drawings of some of Tulsa’s best modern architecture on Thursday, August 26 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Modern Tulsa, an organization of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, will host Meet ModernTulsa at the TFA archives in the Kennedy Building, 321 S. Boston. On display will be architectural drawings, renderings, photographs, and architectural periodicals celebrating Tulsa’s mid-century architecture. The evening will also serve as an opportunity to get to know the people behind Modern Tulsa working to preserve Tulsa’s recent past. Meet and mingle with others interested in Tulsa’s modern architecture, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, browse the archives, toast the modern gems we’ve lost and celebrate the survivors.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
You are not going to want to miss tomorrow's Downtown Living Celebration. We will feature three outstanding sites, each with its own style and spectacular view of downtown Tulsa. The celebration will be a progressive party with wine from Girouard Vines, beer from McNellie's, and hors d'oeuvres from Elote, Ti Amo, Impressions Restaurant, Center 1 Market, and sushi from Yokozua. Tickets are $40 for current TFA members, $50 for not-yet members and may be purchased at Dwelling Spaces, 119 S. Detroit, or by calling TFA at 583.5550. Here are a few pictures I took two weeks ago when we had our walk-through at the Mayo Building. And yes, we will be able to hang out on the roof and enjoy the view!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Oklahoma Interior Design Coalition is holding an open house at one of Tulsa's most famous homes, the Jones House, today from 2 - 7:30pm with a $10 donation at the door. Robert Lawton Jones, who helped found the Tulsa architectural firm of Murray Jones Murray, designed the house as his personal residence in 1959. In addition to the Jones House, Murray Jones Murray designed many of Tulsa's iconic mid-century buildings including the Tulsa International Airport, First Place Tower, Center Plaza Apartments, and the Texaco Office Building.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
A non-profit organization started in 1995, TFA seeks to bring vibrancy to downtown Tulsa, advocating for future development and encouraging preservation of the built environment.
In TFA's 15 years, downtown has seen dramatic changes, from the BOK Center, to OneOK Field, to the Brady Arts District. Programs and incentives for building owners, such as historic tax credits, low income housing tax credits, fire suppression grants, and the International Existing Building Code have helped make these projects possible.
Zeigler will discuss the pioneers who took advantage of these incentives and the benefits Tulsans experience due to TFA's vision.
Zeigler has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture. Her experience includes landscape and architectural design, urban planning, and providing support to the historic preservation community as a former Mayoral appointee, and as staff to the Tulsa Preservation Commission. In addition, Zeigler has completed extensive training in archival methods and practices administered by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries as part of a grant that qualified the TFA Archives as a "Model Archival Organization," recognized by the National Historic Records Advisory Board. She has also completed all four of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservation Leadership Training programs.
Page One Luncheons are open to the public. Cost is $15 for Press Club members and $20 for non-members. Lunch service starts at 11:15 a.m. and the presentation begins at noon. A question and answer session will follow. RSVP today to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
As you may or may not know, up until now, the State of Oklahoma provides income tax credits for certified rehabilitations on investments in designated historic buildings statewide. This state credit has generated millions of dollars of reinvestment to revitalize vacant and underdeveloped buildings, generating jobs and increased tax revenues. However, the state legislature has recently put a moratorium on this tax credit via SB 1267. If this tax credit is not reinstated, it could have a huge impact on the future development of downtown Tulsa.
The restoration of these historic buildings might not have been possible without the use of historic tax credits:
- The Mayo Hotel;
- The Mayo Building;
- The Philtower Lofts;
- The Atlas Courtyard by Marriott;
- The Tribune Lofts; and
- The Hotel Ambassador.
There are at least seven additional projects currently in the works in downtown Tulsa that may cease to happen due to the suspension of Historic Tax Credits.
I ask that you please either write an original email or simply copy and paste the form letter below and contact Governor Brad Henry. For more information on the impact of historic tax credits, visit Preservation Oklahoma.
The reinstatement of these tax credits is vital to the revitalization of our downtown!
I am writing to express my opposition to the recent suspension of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, via Senate Bill 1267. I feel that a reinstatement of this credit is vital to the preservation and revitalization of not only downtown Tulsa, but to the Tulsa Community as a whole. The incentive to preserve our historic structures is imperative for many reasons. The unique architecture of Tulsa is a testament to our rich and diverse heritage. To see these buildings sitting empty strikes me as both a waste of history and resources. In an environmental context, we need to emphasize the importance of reusing and repurposing our existing resources. To let these buildings decay is a waste of man power, materials, and not to mention, architectural ingenuity and integrity. I can confidently say that a thriving downtown community is important to me. It is not only important to those of us who grew up here and continue to live here now, but also to the intellectual and creative talent from elsewhere that so many local organizations and businesses are striving to attract and retain in the Tulsa community. I urge you to reconsider the suspension of the Oklahoma Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
We're only one week away from the TFA/ModernTulsa Member Appreciation Reception at the Comma House! If you're not a current TFA member or if you need to renew your membership, you can join online here or by calling our office at 583.5550. You will also be able to join/renew at the event. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Charles Ward designed the "Comma House" as his personal residence in 1963. The mid-century modern house is located at 7007 S. Delaware Pl. on a large, three-acre lot. Known as the Comma House because of its unusual shape, the home features four bedrooms and three bathrooms off a curved hallway with the circular theme repeated in the round living room. The home features many built-ins and a balcony off the living room with a great view to the southwest. The house was featured in the Tulsa Tribune's "Tulsans at Home" section back in 1964. Mr. Ward lived in the house until a few years ago when local preservationist Marty Newman purchased the home and placed historic easements on the property, ensuring that it will be preserved.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
It appears the Old City Hall and Francis Campbell City Council Building may avoid the wrecking ball after all. If you've seen the article in today's Tulsa World, you already know that the Snyder family, who we have to thank for the renovation of The Mayo Hotel, has made an offer to purchase the Old City Hall building as well as the City Council Building with plans to convert the Old City Hall into a hotel and the Council Building into a restaurant. This is such great news as Preservation Oklahoma named the entire Civic Center Plaza one of Oklahoma's most endangered places just last week. If the Snyder's plan becomes a reality it will be a huge success story for historic preservation in Tulsa as well as another indication that downtown is headed in the right direction. The Snynder's desire to renovate these mid-century buildings, rather than demolish them and start over, speaks volumes about how far preservation in Tulsa has come. It is easy to recognize the importance of a building like the Mayo Hotel, but it takes tremendous vision and an understanding of Tulsa's history to WANT to renovate a building like the Old City Hall, a building that so many people love to hate. Which is not to say it is not equally important as the Mayo Hotel or any of our art deco buildings, because it is just as important. And the fact that a proven developer, such as the Snyders, recognizes this is very encouraging for Tulsa's modern architecture and downtown.