Sapulpa, the heart of Route 66.

Posted on: June 26th, 2008 by Lori Feinman

 

img_2129.jpgSapulpa is a very close-in suburb of Tulsa, but when you get there it's like you're in another time. It's a classic Main Street community, with shops and cafes along the main drag, which is Route 66. We parked in Sapulpa and opened the car door and we heard... music? We weren't crazy, the Chamber of Commerce pipes music that you can hear all up and down the boulevard. Pretty cool, and really heightened that otherworldly feeling. Our tour guide Janet showed us how this small community is revitalizing their downtown using tax credits and other incentives to encourage investment by current owners as well as new investment in the community. One of the anchors of the street is an apartment for seniors (or, rather, 55 and up, it's debatable whether being 55 should qualify you for senior housing!) in a adaptive use of an office building. You'll get to see one of the sunny, comfortable apartments in the building and hear the building's story.

Another stop is the Sapulpa Historical Society, a surprisingly large museum with all sorts of interesting artifacts, but its strength is its collection of town models. A local resident lovingly recreated Sapulpa in different eras, so you can clearly see the evolution of the town - its growth following the upward trajectory of the oil industry and the railroad.

Look at my pictures to see the cross truss bridge, one of the great icons of Route 66, as well as all the other treasures. The video gives you a funny glimpse at the Sapulpa home of the founders of Frankoma Pottery, designed by Bruce Goff. I am a fan of mid-century architecture, and I love Goff stuff for it's personality and quirkiness. This house shows how he worked closely with the Frank family and used the house to showcase their business (the bricks are pottery) and their style. It by itself - and the tour guide, one of the family's daughters - is worth the trip.

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North Tulsa: Past, Present and Future

Posted on: June 25th, 2008 by Farin Salahuddin

 

greenwood-mural.jpg"North Tulsa: Greenwood and Beyond" is an important and interesting tour that explores both the African American and Native American experience in North Tulsa...and how the public institutions established by those communities continue to serve even today.

Begin your tour in the Greenwood Cultural Center and learn about the 1921 race riots which began with a seemingly harmless accident and ended with the destruction of 32 square blocks and over 600 businesses owned, operated, managed and patronized by an affluent African archer-sign.jpgAmerican Community. This piece of Tulsa's history has been long neglected and many of the event specifics is unknown by many local residents even today.

After you visit the many important cultural landmarks of North Tulsa (Black Wall Street, The GAP area, The Mabel House, The Kennedy Mansion, Owen Park...to name a few) you will have the pleasure of ending this session at the Gilcrease Museum, a must-see stop for anyone visiting the city of Tulsa. Learn about the Native American experience in Oklahoma and explore its impressive collection of fine art from "the Americas".

Prior to 1921 the mixed ethnic community of North Tulsa was uniquely left to progress on its own. The residents built a community with retail, commerce, governement, education....all that a thriving community needs to survive. However, beginning with the debilitating blow of the 1921 race riots and continuing with the urban redevelopment of more recent years, the North Tulsa neighborhood continues on its journey of both suffering and survival.

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Meeting the Baxter: Welcome to Preservation Leadership Training

Posted on: June 25th, 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

PLT Participants looking at the back of the Baxter Building - Image by Alison HinchmanSunday was the first day of Preservation Leadership Training 2008 and this year we are in beautiful Portland, Maine where the weather is nice, the air smells great, and the fog rolls in whenever it pleases creating an eerie view from Top of the East, the restaurant at the top of our hotel. On Sunday morning thirty-four travel-worn participants made their way into the Longfellow Room to start an intensive one-week program that will make them laugh, and maybe, just maybe, tear their hair out. In the end though, all of them will walk way with a strong network of fellow preservationists and knowledge that will help them lead the preservation movement in their local communities and reach across state lines to work on those issues that require us to work together.

Preservation Leadership Training (PLT) is an intensive one-week experience tailored to respond to the needs of state and local preservation organizations and agencies. It emphasizes providing a participatory experience in leadership and organizational development techniques and the most up-to-date and effective information and training in current preservation practices, issues and action strategies. In addition to the classroom work these participants will work on a team project that has relevance and connection to the host community.

First a few stats—this year's group comes from 18 states and serves as executive directors, board members, volunteers and in one case a newbie to preservation having only been introduced to the field six months ago. After a rigorous application process they finally arrive ready to share and ready to jump right in and become official participants in what we call “Preservation Boot Camp.”

Rachael, a native of Portland, exclaimed that she “is so psyched about being here. It is so great to be with a group of people and it is nice to work on a project that is outside the norm and you are able to concentrate on developing your own skills while simultaneously hearing about other people's passions as well as about different resources across the country.”

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Charles Stevens Dilbeck: The Tulsa Homes (exposed!)

Posted on: June 24th, 2008 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

Dilbeck designed homeDon’t miss this opportunity to discover the delightful works of Charles Stevens Dilbeck. Led by John Brooks Walton, a local architect, artist, and author, we traveled through a number of Tulsa’s residential neighborhoods. It seems as though Tulsa is peppered with the cozy, playful works of Dilbeck. By the end of the day I was pointing out homes I thought were “Dilbecks” in the hopes of being let into this fan club.

Dilbeck residential detailDilbeck moved to Tulsa as a child and some would say the he was a child prodigy of the architectural kind. By the age of 10 he was assisting his father by drafting plans for building projects. Incredibly by 11 Dilbeck had designed the Baptist Church and supervised its building. By the age of 15 Dilbeck was hired by a local lumber yard where he drew plans and made alterations to client’s projects and at 16 he was recruited by a competitor to head the architectural department. Already quite established (this is where I kind of started having a complex!)

Dilbeck decided to study architecture and attended Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Oklahoma State University). After 2 years he dropped out to start his own practice. Who can blame him? It seems as though he was already on a brilliant path. During the next three or fours years Dilbeck was busy designing homes for some of Tulsa’s wealthiest. The crash of ’29 impacted his business here in Tulsa, so Dilbeck moved on to Dallas where he spent the remainder of his career.

Dilbeck - one my favorites!John has great stories and anecdotes to share about Dilbeck and his works. Be sure to ask about the “tented house” and the "free" crinkle brick. I will let you in on a little secret – John lives in a Dilbeck and is graciously opening it up for this session. So be sure you sign up for this session. By the end I am sure that you will have picked a favorite one, or two, or maybe three… I have!

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

Preserving Modernism in a Green World

Posted on: June 24th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna

 

The National Building Museum is sponsoring a panel, Monday, June 30, 2008 at 6:30 pm on the intersection of Modern Heritage and Sustainability as part of its Modern Architecture series. They are offering the member rate ($12) for all National Trust staff and members. 

AIA Headquarters, Washington, DCLearn about when preservation and sustainability meet--or don't meet--in the preservation of buildings of the modern era.  These structures tend to pose significant environmental challenges for those who are interested in preserving them for their significance, yet also want them to achieve better energy efficiency.  Using the AIA’s 21st Century Workplace as a case study, panelists will consider whether new technologies and renovation strategies provide a plausible future for these often unloved buildings from the recent past.

Moderator:
Vernon Mays, Editor-at-Large, Architect magazine

Panelists:
Barbara A. Campagna, AIA, LEED® AP, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust

Christopher Davis, LEED® AP, Assoc. AIA, LEED Certification Coordinator,
U.S. Green Building Council

James A. Gatsch, FAIA, Managing Director, 21st Century Workplace,
American Institute of Architects       

      
Abram Goodrich, Associate Principal, STUDIOS Architecture  

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at bcampagna@bcampagna.com.