History

TFA owns an extensive collection of original architectural drawings of  many significant Tulsa buildings and residences (The Medical Arts  Building, Warehouse Market, Southern Hills Country Club, the Tulsa  Assembly Center, The Mabee Residence, and the Otis McClintock  Residence), as well as architectural periodicals (Pencil Points, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Forum, and Architectural Record) dating from 1920 to 1980, newspaper clippings, technical library, photographs, project  specifications and artifacts. No other institution in Tulsa gathers this  material.

A Brief History of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture

The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (TFA) was founded in 1995 by members of the professional membership organization, the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, to provide a credible voice for and expertise in the area of historic preservation and related issues in Tulsa.  Fourteen years later, we continue in our original mission and serve as a resource that recognizes, records, and encourages preservation of the built environment and advocates quality future development that enhances Tulsa’s livability.

The organization has established a number of ongoing successful programs and events to promote its mission including:

  • Foundation Awards:  programs that recognize important landmarks, lifetime achievement, and leadership in Tulsa;
  • White Glove Open House:  over 50,000 architectural drawings, 200 bound periodicals, and artifacts are preserved in the TFA Archives located in the historic Kennedy Building, 321 South Boston, Lower Level.
  • Downtown Living Tour:  a tour of living spaces representing all socio-economic levels located in and near downtown Tulsa; the importance of living downtown is crucial to the revitalization of our city center.
  • Modern Tulsa Committee:  mid-century architecture is highlighted at gatherings held in residential and commercial structures to celebrate and underscore the importance of these often undervalued examples of post World War II architecture.

Historic Homes and Neighborhood Tour:  held in May (National Preservation Month) to engage the public and showcase the jewels in Tulsa’s crown, our historic neighborhoods and historic homes often designed by noted architects who worked in the Tulsa area.