Vote for Notable Architecture

    Ponca City Savings & LoanEach 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!

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    Sneak Peek III: Dwell in the IDL Tour

    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.

     

    ALOFT HOTEL

    Aloft_hotelConstructed 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.


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    Sneak Peek II: Dwell in the IDL Tour

    Dwell in the IDLThe 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.


    EAST END VILLAGEBill_White_2

    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.

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    Sneak Peek: Dwell in the IDL Tour Stops

    Vandever Lofts

    16 East 5th Street

    Vandever

    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.

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    Dwell 2014: the Tour Continues

    Limited edition poster by Denny Schmickle

    The first “Dwell in the IDL” tour attracted over 700 tourgoers anxious to discover the latest residential developments in the heart of Tulsa. On November 9th we plan to do it again!

    The 2014 edition will showcase downtown living through adaptive reuse and creative new construction within the ring of expressways known as the Inner Dispersal Loop, or IDL. Seven properties will be on display Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Participants can get a glimpse of the revitalization that is happening in the downtown core.


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