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Modern Tulsa on Newson6

15 Dec

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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.