As mentioned in the Kershner post, one other Tulsa residence, the Jones House, was featured in Arts & Architecture. Robert Lawton Jones designed the house, which was featured in the July 1960 issue of A & A, as his personal residence in 1959. Jones was the ‘Jones’ in the Tulsa architectural firm Murray Jones Murray that designed many of Tulsa’s iconic mid-century buildings such as the Tulsa International Airport, the Civic Center (as well as the unbuilt Civic Center), Central Park Apartments (7th & Frisco), First Place Tower, and were the associate architects on the Edward Durrell Stone-designed Assembly Center (convention center).
In addition to being featured in A & A, the German publications of Bauen + Wohnen (Jan. 1961) and Schoner Wohnen (Sept. 1963) also featured the 2800 square foot house. According to the Tulsa Preservation Commission, the Jones House was the first International Style residence built in Oklahoma (anyone know of the second?), which makes sense because Jones studied under Mies van der Rohe while attending graduate school at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The TPC also states that other than Goff’s Bavinger House, the Jones House is the most recognized Oklahoma residence built in the last 50 years. Personally, I much prefer the Jones House. The house’s listing in the National Register of Historic Places confirms the house’s importance in a few ways. First, the house’s listing is not part of a historic district, but is individually listed. Secondly, the house was listed in 2001 when it was only 42 years old. This is significant because generally, properties less than 50 years are not considered eligible for listing in the register. There are a few exceptions, one of them being, “a property achieving significance within the past 50 years if it is of exceptional importance” (from the SHPO’s NR criteria). So there you have it, the Jones House is of exceptional importance. Here are some of the scanned pages from the various magazines.
Located in the basement of the Kennedy Building at 4th and Boston, the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture Archives houses over 30,000 architectural drawings, historic photographs, remnants of buildings, and other related architectural ephemera. Two of the five major collections are comprised of mostly modern designs, the Murray Jones Murray Collection and the Robert E. Buchner Collection.
Murray Jones Murray was an architectural firm formed in Tulsa in 1957 by David Murray, Robert Lawton Jones, and Lee Murray. David and Lee, brothers, attended Oklahoma State University. Robert Jones attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergrad, the Illinois Institute of Technology, studying under Mies Van der Rohe as a graduate student, and Technical University in Karlsruhe, Germany on a Fulbright Grant. Some of MJM’s designs include the Tulsa International Airport, the Tulsa Civic Center, the Robert Jones House, Center Park Plaza, First Place Tower, and the Tulsa Assembly Center. MJM’s work been recognized nationally and in Europe in publications as Bauen + Wohnen and Schoner Wohnen.
Robert E. Buchner practiced architecture in Tulsa from the early 1950s until the 1970s. After attending the University of Michigan, Robert Buchner worked at a number of different architectural firms in various cities; as draftsman for Donald McCormick in Tulsa, as a designer for Raymond Loewy in New York City, and as a designer at Sidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) in New York City. Mr. Buchner was a founding partner of the firm Ramey, Himes and Buchner in Wichita, KS before returning to Tulsa to start his own practice. In conjunction with his architectural practice, Buchner maintained an interiors division for furniture, fabric, and accessories. This would eventually lead Mr. Buchner to open Robert Buchner Selections, a unique gift store in Utica Square. Some of Mr. Buchner’s designs include the Ponca City Savings & Loan building (7th & Boston), the Florence Park Library, Engler Photo (Springer Electric), the H.L. Singletary Residence, and the Scherbatskoy Residence.
In addition to the thousands of modern architectural drawings, the TFA Archives also houses over 300 historic photographs of modern architecture in Tulsa, including numerous photos taken by the famous modernist photographer Julius Shulman. The TFA Archives also owns an extensive collection of bound architectural periodicals such as Architecture Forum, Progressive Architecture, and Architectural Record, many featuring modern buildings in Tulsa. Because Mr. Buchner also dealt with interior design, his collection contains numerous advertising pieces, catalogs, and promotional items for vintage modern furniture.
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