KSQ Architects is sponsoring a week long run of the architectural documentary “How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?” at Circle Cinema in Tulsa.
Each year the Eastern Oklahoma chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honor the year’s best projects with their Design Excellence Award. The winners are chosen by a vote of the architectural and design community. This year, for the first time, they are awarding a People’s Choice Award– and you can participate!
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.
16 East 5th Street
The Vandever building, built in 1924 is best known for housing Vandevers Dry Goods Company, owned and operated by businessman W.A. Vandever. The Vandevers became a household name not only in Tulsa business but the Tulsa community. The Vandevers were credited with donating large sums to bring railroads to the city, the Tulsa State Fair, the first International Oil Exposition, opening Miss Jackson’s and providing continuous employment for many Tulsa women throughout the Great Depression. If it was happening in Tulsa, the Vandevers were part of it.