Tuesday, November 9, 2010

John Brooks Walton Book Signing

Join the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and John Brooks Walton for a very special evening FREE to current TFA members to celebrate the publication of Walton's latest book, Tomorrow's Historic Tulsa Homes. Mr. Walton will be available to sign copies of the book and answer questions.

The book-signing will be held in a private residence featured in the book with local architect Brian Lloyd Freese, AIA, on hand to discuss the home's design. Light refreshments, including wines from Girouard Vines, will be provided.

  • Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
  • Time: 5:30-7:30pm
  • Location: 12336 S. 49th W. Ave.
  • Free for current TFA members, book $30
  • $35 for non-members, includes book
  • RSVP/Questions: Call Lee Anne at 583.5550 or laz@tulsaarchitecture.com
  • Space is limited to 60 guests

Photos by Ralph Cole

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Powers of Ten Celebration: 5 Films + 5 Speakers

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!

Sunday, October 10, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Patti Johnson Wilson Hall, Philbrook Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

119 Downtown Tour

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.

Located on the northwest corner of 6th and Cincinnati, Leon B. Senter designed the building in 1949. Originally constructed as the Stanolind Building, it has also been referred to as AMOCO East, the 502 Building, the Towercade, and most commonly the Service Pipeline Building. In addition to the 119 Building, Senter also designed many other prominent Tulsa buildings, such as the Fire Alarm Building, the Philcade, the downtown YMCA, and Will Rogers High School. Although not as flamboyantly art deco as some of Senter's early work in Tulsa (like the fire Alarm Building and Philcade), the 119 Building is an excellent example of late deco in Tulsa that also includes many mid-century modern details.

The tour on Thursday, September 9 from 5-8pm is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, call 918.582.0200.
(Please note that this is not a TFA event.)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Meet ModernTulsa

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

Downtown Living Celebration 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 Robert Lawton Jones House

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.

The house is cited as the first International Style residence built in Oklahoma and includes many hallmarks of modern design. Jones studied under Mies van der Rohe as a graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology and later attended the Technical University in Karlsruhe, Germany on a Fullbright Grant after graduate school.

Not only has the house been featured in numerous architectural publications in the U.S. (most notably Arts & Architecture in July 1960) but the house was also featured in a couple European publications as well, Bauen + Wohnen in January 1961 and Schoner Wohnen in September 1963.

Another distinction the Jones House hold is that it was individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 when the house was only 42 years old. This is especially significant for a few reasons. First, the house was deemed significant enough to be listed individually and not simply as a contributing structure in a historic district. Secondly, the architect is still living. Thirdly, the house was listed before it was 50 years old, which is generally the accepted age for structures to be considered eligible for listing.

Here are a few pages from the various publications. If you'd like to see some contemporary photos of the house and for more info about the open house, check out the article in today's Tulsa World. Or see it for yourself this evening! The house is located at 1916 E. 47th St.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lee Anne Zeigler to Speak at Tulsa Press Club

The Executive Director of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture Lee Anne Zeigler will be the guest for the Page One speaker series June 17 at the Tulsa Press Club. She will discuss TFA's efforts to revitalize downtown.

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 mail@tulsapressclub.com.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

NTHP Launches @home

Last week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation launched @home, an online community for people who love their homes. @home will provide people with an opportunity to share ideas, resources, pictures, home improvement tips, and more with others from across the country. Currently, only four people from the entire state of Oklahoma have joined. So, if you love your home and would like to share its history with like-minded individuals, join @home!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Historic Tax Credits in Danger

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!

Governor Henry,

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

Member Appreciation Reception

Check out today's Tulsa World for an article about our Member Appreciation Reception tonight at the Comma House!

Friday, May 7, 2010

TFA Member Appreciation Reception

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's Comma House

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.

Are you interested in seeing this truly one-of-a-kind, mid-century modern home for yourself? Well, you're in luck! The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture/Modern Tulsa will be holding a TFA member appreciation reception at the Comma House on May 14, 5:30-8:30. Not only will you be able to enjoy the house, but Mr. Ward will also be there to say a few words about the design and history of the house and answer questions. TFA will also be honoring Mr.Ward for his contributions to Tulsa's built environment. The reception is free for current TFA members. So, if you're not a member or if you need to renew your membership, you can join online here, by calling 583-5550, or by paying at the event.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mod of the Moment II

moderntulsa is excited to announce its second mod of the moment. Join us Sunday March, 28th from 5 – 7 pm for drinks, refreshments, music and modern design at a 1956 Jack Hudson designed mid-century modern home located at the 1546 East 60th street. Located in Tulsa’s Southern Gardens, the house is the sister house of the 1956 Parade of Homes house”The Haven”, just a few doors down. Designed by Jack Hudson and built by Doran Johnson, “The Haven” offered more than comfortable and easy living, it offered safety from bombs and storms as well. The home was built with a reinforced concrete bomb-shelter that served as the hallway from the family and living rooms to the three bedrooms. Sound intriguing join us this Sunday to see it for yourself!

Modern Tulsa would like to thank Aberson Exhibits and Center 1 Market for their generous sponsorship of this event

Monday, March 15, 2010

YMCA Story

Be sure to check out this video featuring TFA board members Shane Hood and Matt King discussing potential reuse possibilities of Tulsa's old YMCA.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Old City Hall Update

(Photo by Bob Hawks, from the TFA Archives, circa 1969)

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.

Friday, January 8, 2010

5th Annual White Glove Open House

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 5th Annual White Glove Open House at the TFA Archives, 321 South Boston, Lower Level 01, on January 19 (Tuesday) from 4:30-7:30 p.m. We will have light refreshments and encourage you to bring a friend – this event is free and open to the public.

We will be celebrating the award of the prestigious Save America’s Treasures grant in the amount of $150,000 to preserve and conserve our special collections. The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture is thrilled to be the recipient of this very competitive grant and wants to share our enthusiasm with you, our supporters, and those who have entrusted the more than 35,000 architectural drawings, bound periodicals, books, and artifacts to our care.