Tag Archives: downtown

TCC Center for Creativity

23 Sep

Hats off to TCC for commissioning such a cool building. This modern beauty sits on the corner of 10th and Boston, right downtown. Seemingly a very classy, high tech institution I wouldn’t be surprised to see attendance boom on this campus thanks to this facility. Not only a gorgeous building, but its also furnished quite nicely. I peered into two classrooms stuffed full of 24″ Imacs just waiting for action. I noticed on their curriculum that they were teaching a number of design and software based courses including the Adobe Creative Suite. How great!

This building was designed by Selser Schaefer Architects of Tulsa. I understand our boy Nick Rhoades may be responsible for the gorgeous staircase you can see through the glass.

Blue Rose Cafe Renderings

13 Jul

The River’s edge I still miss but am beginning to think the replacement may be pretty sweet. I am really liking the design of this place. Hopefully it comes to form in similar fashion. What do you guys think?


By Emory Bryan and NewsOn6.com

TULSA, OK — The Blue Rose Café is returning to Tulsa, but this time it will be built on the bank of the Arkansas River.

The River Parks Authority staff recommended to the Authority’s board of directors Thursday morning that it negotiate a deal with Swamphouse Partners, LLC. The company’s Senior Managing Member is Tom Dittus, who founded the original Blue Rose Café on Brookside in 1991.

“We’re so honored to have been selected,” said Tom Dittus, Blue Rose Café.

Tom Dittus says he’s excited to get back in the restaurant business and even more excited to get a prime location.

“We’re going to bring back the Blue Rose Cafe and put it down on the river,” said Tom Dittus, Blue Rose Café.

Dittus closed down the Blue Rose Cafe in Brookside seven years ago. It was a bar and restaurant with an outdoor patio that was a popular stop. Now, he wants to build a new restaurant in RiverParks, near the now closed River’s Edge building, but further out towards the water.

“But the view of the river is going to be great. It’s going to be beautiful,” said Tom Dittus, Blue Rose Café.

The plan for the new Blue Rose is a building that projects over the water. The architect designed it with lots of windows and a two level deck. It’s designed to work with the changing levels of the river, both now and after new low water dams are built.

The plan calls for the building to have as little impact on the river trails and parks as possible. Part of the solution is to put much of the parking underneath an on-ramp. There’s room for 100 cars and it wouldn’t even be visible from Riverside Drive.

“That’s the idea, we’ll actually be on piers, you can see them here and you can see we’ll nudge out over the patio right there,” said Tom Dittus, Blue Rose Café.

Dittus plans for the new restaurant to have a similar menu and entertainment as the old one, hoping to recreate the feel of a Tulsa favorite in one of Tulsa’s favorite places. Dittus says it will take at least a year to open the restaurant. It will be the first built from the ground up in RiverParks.

Dittus also founded the former Steamroller Blues BBQ restaurant at 18th and Boston, and managed both Eskimo Joe’s and Mexico Joe’s in Stillwater for thirteen years.

Dittus and his backers beat out Elliot Nelson, the owner of El Guapo’s and McNellie’s.

The new restaurant will be called the Blue Rose Café at River’s Edge, and will be built on the east bank of the river at 19th & Riverside.

The restaurant will seat 116 people on the inside and another 100 outside.

Dittus told the board his plans include an outdoor amphitheatre, a bike and bait shop, a dog park and a sand volleyball court.

He also would like to include a “jog up” window where park users could buy water or energy bars without having to go inside the restaurant.

The proposal submitted to the board includes an opening date of September, however no firm date was discussed at Thursday morning’s meeting.

Inside the Tulsa Club

9 Jun

Walking past the Tulsa Club on my way to and from work every day definitely got me wondering what was inside. At one time this was the most prestigious social and athletic club in Tulsa so it had to be nice, right. I’ve heard lore of the wealthiest Tulsans including Waite Phillips indulging in the finer aspects of life at this facility.

So, let’s just say someone invited me inside to take a tour. Two of my colleagues and I entered the building and had a look around. We thoroughly explored the facility from street level to the roof, from racquetball courts to ballrooms from bookkeeping to bathrooms… They really did have had a ton of bathrooms in this place and plenty of graffiti as well. See for yourself at the full photo gallery.

ONEOK Field Design

26 Mar

I am pleased with these drafts for the new downtown baseball field, myself. What do you guys think? It appears to be pretty stylish and in keeping with the BOK arena. Can’t wait to head downtown for some baseball!

By P.J. LASSEK World Staff Writer – from Tulsa World

The exterior design of Tulsa’s downtown ballpark will incorporate brick, zinc and art deco details that reflect the history of the Greenwood District, where it will be built.

The design, created by HOK Sport Venue Event’s office in Kansas City, Mo., was approved by the Tulsa Stadium Trust during a special meeting Wednesday.

The ballpark, to be named ONEOK Field, will be home to the city’s Double-A baseball team, the Tulsa Drillers. During the team’s off-season, the stadium will have a variety of other events.

The $60 million project includes construction of a $39.2 million multipurpose stadium and acquisition of surrounding land for mixed-use redevelopment. The stadium construction is scheduled to be complete in time for the Drillers’ 2010 baseball season.

The Drillers’ owner, Chuck Lamson, is excited about the exterior design, which he said was the product of a “good, thoughtful process.”

Even though the appearance strays from the tradition of all-brick ballparks, “it’s unique with a warm and inviting feel,” he said.

The use of brick in the design “gives homage to the architect of the Greenwood and Brady districts, and having the zinc panels creates the uniqueness of a new structure,” he said.

An initial design concept released last year was discarded. It resembled Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture style with flat roofs, horizontal lines and stone, steel and glass construction material.


Tulsa Club Building For Sale

25 Feb

From Tulsa World – By P.J. LASSEK World Staff Writer

The owner of the vacant Tulsa Club building is looking for a buyer who will rehabilitate the downtown nuisance into a historically significant piece of property, a local broker said Tuesday.

Cecilia and Will Wilkins of W3 Real Estate were hired to market the building for Carl Morony of California.

Morony also owns the Sinclair Building at the southeast corner of Fifth and Main streets.

The Wilkinses also are marketing that building.

The Tulsa Club, 115 E. Fifth St., is a Bruce Goff-designed building that is structurally sound but needs a lot of work, Will Wilkins told the Tulsa World.

The building is tied up in litigation that includes city code violations, a city lien for unpaid downtown assessment fees and unrelated judgments to other parties.

Morony tried to redevelop the building into lofts by vying for Vision 2025 funds, but he lost out to another developer, Wilkins said.

“Now that the downtown is going through a revitalization, this is an opportune time to find a developer that can find a unique use for the building, work with the Historical Preservation Commission and rehabilitate it,” he said.

When Morony bought the building at a tax sale, it had been gutted and was in poor condition, Wilkins said. No work has been done on it since.

“Carl made an investment so that sometime down the line when downtown Tulsa revitalized, he would be able to capitalize on that investment,” Wilkins said.

The Tulsa Club was one of 60 vacant buildings with code violations that the city targeted in 2007.

Vacant for more than a decade, the building has fire, electrical and plumbing code violations as well as safety and health issues.

Wilkins said Morony’s attempt to get Vision 2025 funds for renovations “speaks volumes to what he wants to see the building become.”

“It certainly hasn’t worked out that way, and we hate that it has gotten to the point that it has,” he said. “But now Cecilia and I want to facilitate action that makes something good happen for the building and the downtown area.”

Morony’s lawyer, Jasen Corns, said the city knows that the property is for sale.

“If the city genuinely wanted the building improved and rehabilitated, it would stay out of the owner’s business in his efforts to sell it,” he said.

“We believe certain city officials already have an end game in mind for this property and they are basically just manipulating the process to get the result they want.”

The city declared the property a public nuisance in November 2007 and ordered that its problems be corrected, with civil penalties of $1,000 a day for noncompliance.

The city has filed for a foreclosure on the property for an unpaid $331,815 default judgment for failure to remediate the building-code issues.

Morony has asked a judge to vacate that judgment. If the judge rules in favor of Morony or if he pays the judgment, the foreclosure action will dissolve.

The city also placed a lien on the property for 10 years of unpaid assessment fees linked to the Business Improvement District. The total owed is about $22,000.

Two other judgments against the property by separate parties total about $50,000.

Wilkins said he is actively showing the property to several prospective buyers, both locally and out of state, and some have expressed serious interest.

All are aware of the legal status of the property, he said.

Mayo reborn

12 Feb

Not quite modern but a very cool piece of Tulsa Architecture. Story from Tulsa World.

Tulsa’s swankiest hotel is on the way back

A view from near the top of the Mayo Hotel. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World

By WAYNE GREENE Editorial Writer
Published: 2/8/2009 2:22 AM
Last Modified: 2/8/2009 2:44 AM

On a clear day you can see all the way to Oral Roberts University.

The perspective from the top of the Mayo Hotel is truly remarkable.

You also can see all the way to a new downtown, but that takes more than just altitude.

Vision: In 2001, a development company controlled by the Charles Snyder family bought the Mayo Hotel for $250,000.

The family had bought perhaps the most historic building in Tulsa — one of the places oilman J. Paul Getty lived when he called Tulsa home, the place John Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, and Babe Ruth stayed when they visited the city, the place where Richard Nixon once spoke — for $9,000 less than the asking price for a four-bedroom Midtown home in the next Sunday’s Tulsa World real estate supplement.