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119 Downtown Toast and Tour

8 Sep

Tulsa’s newest downtown residential project, 119 Downtown, will be having a Toast and Tour Thursday September 9th from 5-8pm.  Tour the completed model unit and join Modern Tulsa for some champagne and light hors d’oeuvres. 119 East 6th Street.

From 119 Downtown promotional material:


119 Downtown has quite a history. The architect of the historic Arco building, soon to be known as 119 Downtown, was Leon Bishop Senter, FAIA (1889-1965). 119 was completed in May 1950. It has been placed on the Tulsa Historical Walking Tour. The first floor exterior was finished with 1,200 square feet, or about 90,000 pounds, of Cold Spring Diamond Gray granite from Minnesota. The lobby of 119 downtown, which will be preserved during the renovation, was hand crafted with many different marbles. The entrance vestibules are of Vert Champdepraz from France. The walls of the lobby are of Italian marbles. Loredo, Chiaro, or Breccia Aurora, from Lombardy, and trim of Red Alberato from near Verona.

Building Overview

Residential Features
-Ceiling heights 9′- plus
-Wood flooring
-8′ high painted solid wood doors
-Brushed solid stainless steel hardware
-Energy efficient heating and A/C systems
-Many units with terraces, balconies and panoramic views

-Demode by Valcucine Italian Kitchen cabinetry
-Faucets with integral sprayer by Armando Vicario
-Steeltime stainless steel sinks
-Liebherr fully integrated refrigerators
-Smeg stainless steel all gas range
-Smeg stainless steel dishwasher
-Granite or quartz countertops
-Broan vent hood

-Demode by Valcucine Italian cabinetry
-Italian style porcelain floor tiles and shower walls
-Kohler fixtures

Modern Living Features

-True Urban Views and Environment:
Featuring interior design elements that
are modern, substantial and timeless.
Italian-made cabinets, porcelain tiles,
granite countertops and white oak
hardwood flooring with 35 year warranty.
-Balconies and terraces with spectacular
urban views.
-Property tax at current rate for 6-10 years
-LEED Certification – energy savings
-Kitchen fixtures by Steeltime and Armado Vicario,
Kohler bath fixtures
-Extra storage available
-Connected to downtown tunnel system
-6 blocks to beginning of River Park Trail system,
storage for bikes, etc.
-Recycling Center on each floor
-Walking distance to Driller’s Stadium, BOK Center,
PAC, restaurants, parks, walking trails
-Fully sprinkled for fire suppression
-Rain water collection for irrigation and to
supplement the buildings cooling towers
-Reasonable monthly Homeowner’s Association fees
-Premium sound attenuation between
units and floors
-Commercial space
-Wood flooring
-8′ high painted solid wood doors
-Brushed solid stainless steel hardware
-Energy efficient heating and A/C systems
-Many units with terraces, balconies and panoramic views

Mayo Hotel Owners to Convert Old City Hall

8 Jul

The Tulsa Development Authority on Thursday selected Brickhugger LLC to convert the former City Hall building into a hotel with mixed retail space.

From Tulsa World, article here. – By P.J. LASSEK

Tulsa Civic Center

Tulsa Civic Center Plaza Plans

Note the new street between the library and courthouse.

Brickhugger, owned by Tori and Macy Snyder, will negotiate with the authority on the sale of the site and development plans.

In March, Brickhugger offered the city $1.2 million for the site to build a 200-room hotel with mixed retail.

Omega Alpha Development also vied for the site and offered $1.1 million to build a 130-room hotel with mixed retail.

Both groups made presentations to the authority last week.

Brickhugger’s project cost is $29.5 million, which includes $23.5 million for the hotel, restaurant and conference center and $6 million for the retail development.

The project also includes opening Fifth Street from Denver Avenue to the Convention Center.

Construction is estimated to take 12 months for the hotel and restaurant and another eight months for the retail space.

See More Photos of The Tulsa Civic Center Plaza

119 Downtown

30 Jun

The urban Tulsa lifestyle is beginning to come into focus with the introduction of development project 119 Downtown. At the corner of 6th and Cincinnati, downtown Tulsa, this urban project will combine the historic class of the renowned ARCO Building (formerly, the Service Pipeline Building), built in 1949, with modern design elements, materials and technology.

The project will include residences as well as retail spaces with the anchor charted to be a restaurant/market, possibly the first place to buy groceries downtown. The project was designed by The McIntosh Group, will be LEED certified and feature Pohlenz kitchens, extreme sound deadening between units, underground parking, workout facility, common patio with bocce court and living rooftops to name a few. The units will range from approximately 600 sq. ft. studios to 2,600 ft. penthouses. Prices start at $135k.

The demo unit is under construction currently and will be available for viewing in the next 2-3 weeks. The sales office is open daily and several units have already sold. The building is open for visitors and has a lot to see already with the beautiful stone and historic charm.

Visit their website at


Below are a few photos I took while touring the property.

Historic Tax Credits SB 1267

26 May

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 reinvestement 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. Please feel free to forward this to a friend.

The reinstatement of these tax credits is vital to the revitalization of our downtown!


Lee Anne Zeigler
Executive Director & CEO

  • 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.

mod of the moment, January 17th, 4 – 6 pm

13 Jan

Modern Tulsa is excited to announce its first ever mod of the moment, an effort by modern tulsa to showcase modern homes currently on the market. join us Sunday January, 17th from  4 – 6 pm for drinks, refreshments, music and modern design at a 1954 Cecil Stanfield designed mid-century modern home located at 3576 S. Winston Avenue on the corner of 36th street and South Winston.

This home has all of its original charm including floor to ceiling windows in the dining room, living room, master bedroom and guest bedroom along with modern updates. It has a very open and airy floor plan with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick inside. The large living area with wood burning fireplace is connected to the dining room and kitchen. There are 3 bedrooms total with the master having a private half bath. The main bathroom is good size and nice and bright with skylights in both baths. Newer, clean carpet, central air, high end fridge provided. The home is located in Mid-Town tulsa close to downtown and just down the street from shopping and eating.  sorry, furniture not included.

Modern Tulsa would like to thank  BCBC Modern for sponsoring “mod of the month”

The house is listed with Walter and Associates at $144,900. LISTING

tulsa modern

see more photos here

Tulsa A to Z

30 Nov

Could”L” be for Lortondale? or “U” for the University Tower downtown? Watch to find out!

What makes Tulsa so special? Jack Frank shows you many of the things (in alphabetic order of course) in this new and somewhat zany documentary. From the Admiral Twin, the city’s last remaining drive-in, to the Indy 500 race cars built by Tulsan Jack Zink, the show is jammed with tidbits about Tulsa and its colorful past. The show stops at Route 66 icons, including the Meadow Gold sign and the old 11th street bridge. It also visits timeless eateries like Nelson’s and White River Fish Market. There are also fun stories about icons such as the Golden Driller, the IPE Building, the Perryman Cemetery, Council Oak Tree and the Ole Lady on Brady. Also included is some history about the naming of Tulsa streets. Even if you’ve never stepped foot in Tulsa, you’ll love learning more about it.

The Tulsa A to Z one half-hour version will air Monday, November 30th at 7:30 pm on Channel 6.

The complete hour-long version will air Wednesday, December 2nd at 7 pm on OETA Channel 11.

Tulsa A to Z is proudly sponsored by SpiritBank.

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