Exciting changes are underway here at Tulsa’s nonprofit dedicated to architecture and design. TFA has named Amanda J. DeCort as its new Executive Director. DeCort has served in leadership roles on TFA’s Board of Trustees for two years, focusing on board development and events such as the popular Dwell in the IDL and Second Saturday tours.
The architectural community and TFA mourn the loss of David Murray, who passed away February 17 at the age of 96. Murray was principal of Murray-Jones-Murray Architects, a firm well known to fans of modernism and responsible for some of Oklahoma’s most notable buildings.
Dave was a native Tulsan and enthusiastic supporter of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. The collective works of Murray-Jones-Murray is one of the most treasured collections in the TFA archive.
Two more stops on our 2014 Dwell in the IDL tour will be the Aloft Hotel and the Mayo 420 Building. Both of these properties are existing structures that were converted to residential, and they’re both great examples of re-purposing existing buildings.
Constructed in 1969, the old City Hall building in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma had sat vacant for many years. Many residents and city officials wanted it torn down, but thanks to the vision of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and developer TOCH LLC, the 11-story structure has been given new life as the Aloft Tulsa Downtown Hotel.
The 2014 edition will showcase downtown living within the ring of expressways known as the Inner Dispersal Loop, or IDL. Eight properties will be on display November 9, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 PM so participants can get a glimpse of the revitalization that is happening in the downtown core.
Passports are required to access tour stops and are $20 per person (children under 12 are free if accompanied by a paying adult). You can purchase online by clicking here to buy now or the day of the event at Dwelling Spaces.
Since 1923, 401 S. Elgin has been the home of one of the first car dealerships in Tulsa. Purchased by Bill White in 1965 it became known as one of the largest Chevrolet dealerships in the area (right). It has now been renovated into the newest top of the line residential Downtown living complex, East End Village.
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Herb Fritz, AIA, NCARB.
Herb was a longtime supporter and co-founder of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. He will be remembered for many things- including his hard work preserving Tulsa’s irreplaceable architectural treasures.
Services are scheduled for 2:00 pm Friday, September 12th at the Tulsa Historical Society.