Tulsa Preservation Blog

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Summer Projects FAQ

Posted by Amanda DeCort on June 12, 2015    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

So many summer projects are underway! Do not forget to contact the Tulsa Preservation Staff for all new exterior and landscape projects that can be seen from the public right of way. Preservation Staff are happy to work with property owners about upcoming projects and provide assistance regarding applications and upcoming meetings.
Prepare in advance! If you have a project deadline, contact Preservation Staff in the beginning stages and fill out your Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application. This will allow time to compile drawings and information you need to be placed on the first available Preservation Commission agenda. If you are not sure if your project needs to be reviewed, look at some of the FAQ below.

1. Do I live in a Historic Preservation Zoning District?
If you are unsure if you live in HP Zoning, the best method to find out is either call the Preservation Staff at 918-576-5687 or look at HP Zoning District Maps.

2. Who are the Preservation Staff?
There are two primary staff members for the Preservation Commission. Jennifer Gates is the Interim Preservation Officer and oversees program management. Kristin Pack handles and processes all Certificate of Appropriateness applications, and can be reached at 918-576-5687 or kpack@cityoftulsa.org

3. My house is listed the National Register, does the Preservation Commission review my property?
The National Register is an honorary designation, and it does not place limitations on homeowners. Within Tulsa, five of our National Register districts chose to incorporate a Historic Preservation Overlay to regulate change in their neighborhood. See the HP Zoning District Maps to see if your property is located in HP Zoning.

4. Do I need a COA to paint my house?
You do not need a COA to pain your house unless you have masonry building that was NOT previously painted. This includes unpainted brick and stucco porches and foundations. The Preservation Commission does not regulate paint color.

5. Do I need to apply for a COA to add or remove gutters?
No, you do not.

6. My house is covered in vinyl siding, and I want to take it off. Can I?
You will need a COA approval rom the Preservation Staff, and it will NOT have to be reviewed by the Preservation Commission. You will need to fill out the COA Application and Preservation Staff will review the request. If you want to replace vinyl siding or the siding underneath, you will need to submit a COA application to be reviewed by the Preservation Commission

7. What if I want to plant a new tree or bush in my yard?
The Preservation Commission does review any organic materials including the removal and addition of trees and bushes.

8. I have received my Certificate of Appropriateness. Do I still need to go to the permit office?
Some items reviewed by the Preservation Commission require you to obtain a permit from the City such as additions and retaining walls. Please check with the permit office if you are unsure if your project requires a permit.

9. What if I would like to add a fence to my yard?
If the fence is located in the front yard, the Preservation Commission will need to review it. If the fence is located in the back or side yard, the Preservation Commission will NOT need to review it.

Need additional information? Please contact staff at 918-576-5687 and look at the City’s
Unified Design Guidelines .

Don’t forge to sign-up for the Passive Floor Restoration Workshop!!!

Posted by Amanda DeCort on May 26, 2015    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

Hands-On Passive Wood Floor Restoration Workshop
May 29-31, 2015
8:30am-5pm

Bob Yapp is back this month for a hands-on Passive Wood Floor Restoration Workshop! This fun and intense three-day workshop will teach participants how to restore hardwood tongue and groove flooring. You will learn how to passively remove the damaged old finish and how to apply a finish. At the end of the three days, you will know from beginning to end, how to repair and passively restore any tongue and grooved strip floor. All skill levels are encouraged to enroll. This is a hands-on workshop so you will be getting dirty. You will need to bring eye protection and knee pads.

Space is limited, so sign up today! Total cost is $70, which includes the three-day hands-on workshop with coffee & snacks as well as beverages and lunch.

This workshop is funded in part by the National Park Service and the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office.

To register: HERE

Hands-On Passive Wood Floor Restoration Workshop

Posted by Amanda DeCort on May 11, 2015    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry


Hands-On Passive Wood Floor Restoration Workshop
May 29-31, 2015
8:30am-5pm

Bob Yapp is back this month for a hands-on Passive Wood Floor Restoration Workshop! This fun and intense three-day workshop will teach participants how to restore hardwood tongue and groove flooring. You will learn how to passively remove the damaged old finish and how to apply a finish. At the end of the three days, you will know from beginning to end, how to repair and passively restore any tongue and grooved strip floor. All skill levels are encouraged to enroll. This is a hands-on workshop so you will be getting dirty. You will need to bring eye protection and knee pads.

Space is limited, so sign up today! Total cost is $70, which includes the three-day hands-on workshop with coffee & snacks as well as beverages and lunch.

This workshop is funded in part by the National Park Service and the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office.
I WANT TO REGISTER!!!

Congratulations to Kendall Whittier Main Street!

Posted by Amanda DeCort on May 7, 2015    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

On May 5, the Oklahoma Main Street Awards Banquet was held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Tulsa’s very own Kendall Whittier Main Street took away two special awards by the end of the night.

The theme for the evening was "Main Street Fiesta" in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Kendall Whittier’s Pancho Anaya Bakery took home Best New Business. The Eat Eight promotion won Best Retail Event. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work!



Article: Oklahoma’s Main Street towns come together

Take me to Kendall Whittier!

Mod in May Tour!

Posted by Amanda DeCort on May 5, 2015    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

Have you ever wonder about the great modern buildings in downtown Tulsa? Get ready! Tulsa Foundation for Architecture is doing a Mod in May tour this Saturday! The tour begins in Topeca Coffee shop in the beautiful Mayo Hotel at 10:00am. Grab your coffee and walking shoes and get ready to learn about Modern Tulsa!

For more information: take me there!

This Place Matters!

Posted by Amanda DeCort on May 4, 2015    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

Happy Preservation Month! The National Trust for Historic Preservation is relaunching their campaign called This Place Matters. Originally launched in 2008 asking people all over the country to tell them about places—no matter how big or small—that matter to them. Share your pictures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, using #ThisPlaceMatters

Post pictures of your smiling self and your sign on the Tulsa Preservation Commission page with #ThisPlaceMatters:
Take me there!

To print your sign: RIGHT HERE!

Visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation: Click Here!