Photo by Jeremy Charles

    Architecture Throw Down at the Dust Bowl

    Join us for a Tulsa Foundation for Architecture member appreciation event at one of downtown Tulsa’s newest hot spots, the Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge. Be prepared for a night of bowling, door prizes, fried foods, benefit raffle, and a very special announcement. 

    Bowling is not required, but if you’re so inclined we’ll cover the cost of your lane and a pair of those awesome shoes. We’ll also put out a spread of bowling-appropriate nosh, munchies, and finger food. Full bar is available, but that’s on your dime.

    This event is free for current members of TFA.  Non-members, er… I mean future members, can join the fun for the special membership rate of only $35. That’s a savings of fifteen bucks!

    So dust off your best bowling shirt, practice your favorite line from the Big Lebowski and make plans to bowl like crazy! No wagering please.

    OCT 13, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    The Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge
    211 South Elgin Avenue
    Tulsa, OK

    Current TFA Member: No Charge!
    Non-Member: $35 (includes one year membership)


    Not a current TFA member?  Click here to join or renew your membership.

    Call 918.583.5550 or email to RSVP or check your membership status.

    RSVP on Facebook


    Modern Tulsa Fourth at Liberty

    Join Modern Tulsa for our “Celebration of Liberty” event this Fourth of July.

    July 4, 2011
    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    1502 S. Boulder Ave

    Spaces are limited!
    Tickets are $25 for Modern Tulsa and TFA members, or $60 for non-members (you must purchase a one-year membership- but we’re offering it at the special first-time rate of only $35).


    Take advantage of the incredible views from the top floor penthouse during the Tulsa FreedomFest fireworks and show your support for Modern Tulsa. This urban treehouse is currently undergoing renovations. We’ll be treated to a first-hand preview of this exclusive space atop the Tulsa skyline.

    In addition to the fireworks, we will also have BBQ, Beer, Doorprizes and a brief overview of some of the modern buildings visible from the balcony of the penthouse.

    Food and beverages are provided (including vegetarian options), but we’ll all need to bring our own chairs. Parking is available near 15th and Boulder at lots adjacent to the building.

    So come join in a celebration of Liberty as well as Modern Tulsa this Fourth of July.

    Upcoming TFA Events

    Here’s a look at some of our upcoming events:
    • Tuesday, June 7th:  Modern Tulsa @ Aloft. Join us for our monthly Modern Tulsa get together.  This month we’ll be meeting at Oklahoma’s only Aloft Hotel for happy hour and half-priced appetizers in the sleek W XYZ bar.  We will also touring the facility and guest rooms. Read more…
    • Wednesday, June 15th:  MAD MAN: An Evening of John Cheever. Modern Tulsa is excited to team up with Booksmart Tulsa to bring you “MAD MAN: An Evening of John Cheever.” No fiction writer epitomized the mid-century era better than John Cheever. We will be joined by native Oklahoman, Blake Bailey, author of the acclaimed biography, “Cheever: A Life”, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Read more…
    • Sunday, June 19th: Modern Tulsa Mod of the Moment.  moderntulsa is excited to announce the latest in its Mod of the Moment series.  Join us Sunday, June 19th from 4 – 6 PM for drinks, refreshments, music and modern design at a mid-century modern home located at 5367 East 26th Place.  Read more…
    • Thursday, June 30th: 5:01 Historic Pub Crawl at the Cellar Dweller. Tulsa is rich with historic buildings that today house some of our favorite bars and restaurants, each with its own story to tell. The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture invites you to join us for a series of informative happy hours, each dedicated to celebrating the colorful history behind one of these unique structures.  Read more…


    TFA Membership Appreciation Reception

    Please join us for a TFA Membership Appreciation Reception celebrating National Preservation Month at the Gartner House, designed in 1926 by noted Tulsa architect Donald McCormick, FAIA.

    For those not familiar with Donald McCormick, he is responsible for a large number of iconic Tulsa buildings and residences.  From the traditional (Grace Lutheran Church, Southern Hills Country Club, Cascia Hall) to the modern (the Page Belcher Federal Building, the Flint Steel Building, and the demolished Dowell/Helmerich & Payne Building), McCormick’s work in Tulsa spanned six decades and included over 200 residences, with the J.L. Gartner Residence being his first commission.

    Originally from Pennsylvania, McCormick was in Tulsa supervising the construction of the First Methodist Church, which McCormick’s employer, the architectural firm of Charles W. Bolton, designed.  McCormick decided to stay in Tulsa and establish his own architectural practice after Mr. & Mrs. J.L. Gartner commissioned him to design their home on East 21st Place in 1926.  One of the interesting things about the design of the house is its unique and unusual floor plan that is still extremely functional.

    Because the McCormick Collection is one of our major collections in the archives, we have all the original drawings for the Gartner House.  Here are a couple images of the home’s unique floor plan.


    John Brooks Walton Book Signing

    Join the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and John Brooks Walton for a very special evening FREE to current TFA members to celebrate the publication of Walton’s latest book, Tomorrow’s Historic Tulsa Homes. Mr. Walton will be available to sign copies of the book and answer questions.

    The book-signing will be held in a private residence featured in the book with local architect Brian Lloyd Freese, AIA, on hand to discuss the home’s design. Light refreshments, including wines from Girouard Vines, will be provided.


    • Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
    • Time: 5:30-7:30pm
    • Location: 12336 S. 49th W. Ave.
    • Free for current TFA members, book $30
    • $35 for non-members, includes book
    • RSVP/Questions: Call Lee Anne at 583.5550 or
    • Space is limited to 60 guests


    Photos by Ralph Cole