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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 www.119downtown.com


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.

Tulsa Civic Center Plaza

28 Feb

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Downtown Civic Center Plaza and found a quiet time to get some photos this past weekend. This is such a well designed facility in my opinion and it seems like such a shame to see it so underutilized. Many of these buildings are totally vacant since abandoned by the City of Tulsa.

Downtown Autobank and Abstract For Lease!

12 Dec

IMG_6508Things are stirring for the first time in years over at 7th/Boston, downtown. This block, which houses two prime examples of mid-century modern architecture, may see a new era. With both the First National Auto Bank and the Smith Brothers Abstract buildings officially For Lease these buildings may still have a bright future.

Fairly major construction is happening at the Auto Bank in preparation for occupancy. This morning, two masons were chipping away at the concrete parking structure and told me they had been tasked with repairing all of the damage. We agreed this was no small task with years of neglect and poor patch jobs of the past. The structure seemed sound but there were a number of major holes that will need to be filled and everything resurfaced.

Also, there were other signs of work since last weekend -  when we tried to tour these building with the TulsaNow tour. Lighting fixtures cover the lobby floor and they have began repainting the staircase. It appeared they’d selected a red color, which I’m not so sure about, so hopefully they agree and go back to the white.

I had a chance to visit with the Real Estate Broker on the phone, who seemed very interested in finding sensible uses for these buildings as well. He indicated they were going to be removing the drive-through lanes of the bank to make the lower parking area more usable, while leaving the upper level parking structure intact.

He seemed open to splitting up the Tom-Tom room (upstairs of the bank) and the lobby portion, which may allow two different businesses occupy the space. He suggested a coffee shop or restaurant in the bank lobby.  He seemed very cordial and I hope to meet with him next time he is in town to see how we can assist in finding good uses for these great facilities. I hope to at the same time get some interior photos to share. I’ve been wanting to see inside of these places for years:)

So keep your eyes on these guys and feel free to share anything else you might know about the situation.


Tulsa Treasures Tour – Downtown

2 Dec

WHAT: “Tulsa Treasures” Architectural Tour
WHEN: Saturday, Dec 5, 10:00-11:30 AM
WHERE: Tour begins at the ONG building at 624 S. Boston
MORE INFO: info@tulsanow.org

Article and tour written and hosted by TulsaNow.org

Tulsa is home to a wealth of architectural gems and historic buildings. You’ve driven past them a thousand times. But have you ever been inside? Join TulsaNow for our first “Tulsa Treasures” architectural tour.

Celebrating the release of the Historic Survey of Downtown Tulsa, we will be touring a selection of unique (and sometimes under-appreciated) historic buildings.

The tour will begin in the lobby of the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company Building at the corner of 7th and Boston. (Built in 1928, the ONG Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.)

Here, we will be joined by Amanda DeCort, Preservation Planning Administrator for the Tulsa Preservation Commission; and Rex Ball, FAIA, AICP, and local guru on the history and architecture of downtown Tulsa.

Amanda will give a brief presentation about the recently completed Historical Survey of Downtown Tulsa, and the economic benefits of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Did someone say, “Tax credits for up to 40% of the cost of rehabilitation?” Yep, you heard that right.)

After we take time to appreciate the ZigZag Art Deco architecture of the ONG Building, we’ll cross the street to learn about another Tulsa specialty: Mid-Century Modern design.

We’ll explore the old Ponca City Federal Savings and Loan building (designed by Robert Buchner, and considered by many to be the most important mid-century structure in Tulsa), as well as the First National Auto Bank.

Ponca City Savings and Loan

Ponca City Savings and Loan

Chase Auto Bank

First National Auto Bank

Finally, we’ll wrap up with a look at the ARCO building (formerly, the Service Pipeline Building), built in 1949, which demonstrates how the Art Deco style evolved over time.


Arco Building

The tour is free and open to the public. Bring a friend and get an inside look at some of Tulsa’s amazing architectural treasures. We’re starting early so you can get on with your shopping, ice skating…or the big game on Saturday afternoon.