The historic McGregor House in Tulsa has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Photo by Brenda Spencer
This home at 1401 S. Quaker was built around 1920 and had long been rumored to be a product of the fertile mind of Bruce Goff. But no official attribution to Goff existed. The current owner, Mark Sanders, purchased the property in 2013 and began extensive renovations. And some investigations.
The McGay Residence, 1551 South Yorktown Place, was built in 1936 and is considered an architectural maverick.
It was designed by Joseph R. Koberling, Jr. for J. B. McGay and they worked for four years designing and building the home. McGay was an inventor who designed the parking meter, a gas calculator, petroleum gauges, and the tubeless tire. The large scale home is a painted brick example of Streamline Art Deco with elements of the early Zigzag style.
The Pythian Building (Gillette-Tyrrell Building), 423 S. Boulder, was designed by Edward Saunders in 1930 and is a three-story structure that was planned to be 13 stories high. The Great Depression caused work to stop at the third floor.
The Pythian has a two-story lobby in an L shape to serve its west and south entrances. Saunders’ lobby floor resembles a ceramic Indian blanket, bordered by tan and purple zigzag.
Think “downtown” and shopping isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.
The last large-scale retail development inside the Inner Dispersal Loop was the Williams Center Forum. That mall and ice rink slowly melted away more than 20 years ago. Save for standout retailers like Dwelling Spaces, there hasn’t been much browsing going on since.
But this holiday season a unique retail experiment called Pop Up Shops brought business, and shoppers, back to downtown Tulsa. The experiment was so successful they decided to take a shot at making it a permanent fixture!
Beginning February 1st the Deco District Shops will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
This is an excellent overview of the general types of Art Deco and some of Tulsa’s most notable buildings. Originally published April 2011 by Lee Anne Ziegler, executive director of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture.
Can you imagine downtown Tulsa without Boston Avenue Methodist Church, the Warehouse Market, or the Union Depot?
I hope you wouldn’t even want to imagine such a scenario because we, as Tulsans, understand the importance of art deco architecture. It helps define us as a city, and in no small part, gives us our “sense of place.”
But, what does “art deco” really mean?
What are some examples of art deco in Tulsa?
Why is it important?
The term Art Deco (coined in the mid-60s) is used to describe three separate but related movements of the popular modern architecture common in the 20s and 30s:
The first movement is referred to as Zigzag: this term is derived from the 1923 Exposition of the Decorative Arts in Paris and is an essential ingredient of the American Perpendicular Skyscraper Style–most popular in the 20s.