Tulsa Preservation Blog

News, announcements, links, thoughts and musings from TPC Staff.

Build Your Own Wood Storm Windows!

Posted by Amanda DeCort on March 8, 2014    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

Learn to build you own traditional wooden storm windows in our three day, fun and intense, learn-by-doing workshop right here in Tulsa!

Increase the energy efficiency of your home with wooden storms that let you keep your historic windows and don’t detract from your home’s appearance.

Download the information sheet here.

This class is a fantastic value. Class size is very limited due to the hands-on nature of the workshop, so pre-registration is required.

Contact the Tulsa Preservation Commission at (918) 576-5687 or info@tulsapreservationcommission.org to register today.

Utica Midtown Corridor Small Area Plan - Adoption Hearing Wednesday

Posted by Amanda DeCort on November 18, 2013    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

The Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (TMAPC) will consider the Utica Midtown Corridor Small Area Plan for adoption as item #10 at a public hearing:

Wednesday, November 20th, 1:30 PM
2nd floor - City Council Chamber in City Hall,
175 East 2nd Street
Tulsa, OK 74103

You may download the plan draft here.

You can comment on the UMC Small Area Plan by attending the public hearing on November 20th. The Commission will receive public comments at the public hearing from those wishing to speak.

Unable to attend the public hearing? You may:

a. Subscribe and submit your comments via FeedBack, Planning’s online forum for public engagement at www.feedbacktulsa.org. If you do not wish to comment on the forum, you may support statements made by others. All statements posted on FeedBack will be shared with the TMAPC.

b. Submit written comments directly to TMAPC in advance of the public hearing.
c/o Mr. Joshua Walker, TMAPC Chair
2 West 2nd Street, Suite 800
Tulsa, OK 74103

Public Forum Scheduled for Sale of Barnard Site

Posted by Amanda DeCort on October 2, 2013    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

Tulsa Public Schools has scheduled a public forum for Thursday, October 3rd to discuss the potential sale of the Barnard School site. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 pm at TPS Education Services Center at 31st Street and New Haven.

The district is considering a $1.005 million offer from Lindsay Development, LLC for the site.

TPS board to consider proposals for sale of Barnard site after Sept. 19 deadline

Posted by Amanda DeCort on September 6, 2013    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

The Tulsa Public Schools board is poised to consider proposals regarding the sale and redevelopment of the former Barnard site. The deadline for proposals is Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. A proposal made earlier this year by the developer of a residential nursing home/rehabilitation center was dropped due to a lack of neighborhood support, in spite of a $1.3 million offer for the property.

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with our Barnard neighbors, and it’s important that we select a buyer that is the best fit with this historical neighborhood,” said Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent. “In being sensitive to community concerns, we turned down what was otherwise an exceedingly fair offer for the property. Barnard is a valuable property, and as responsible public stewards we need to ensure that we receive a price that is fair and equitable. The proceeds will be used to make much-needed facility improvements throughout the district as well as for critically needed teacher allocations. There continues to be a great deal of interest in the property, and we look forward to receiving additional proposals by the September 19 deadline. Ultimately, it will be the responsibility of the TPS board to make a decision that is in the best interest of our children.”

Once all proposals are received, a follow-up meeting will be scheduled with the community to discuss the best options. The date for that meeting has not yet been determined.

“We wanted to issue this reminder to encourage creative thinking, as there have already been some interesting ideas suggested for this space,” said Ballard. “We look forward to viewing these proposals as we approach the deadline.”

Contact: Chris Payne at 918-746-6898 or paynech@tulsaschools.org

Downtown Buildings are a Hot Commodity!

Posted by Amanda DeCort on August 5, 2013    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

5th Street at sunset

We’ve all enjoyed watching downtown Tulsa come back to life after 20+ years of hibernation. It’s been no small effort: coupled with major civic investments like the ballpark and the BOK Center, countless business and property owners have taken big risks to plant their flags in the central business district. The Blue Dome district, the Deco district, are the Brady District are all booming. There’s an undercurrent of energy in the East End, at 3rd & Kenosha, in Greenwood and Civic Center plaza. With all this momentum, the overabundance of vacant downtown buildings is drying up fast!

Check out this weekend’s Tulsa World feature on adaptive reuse of downtown’s vacant buildings - and help us spread the word that the old buildings we once treated as disposable are a huge asset to our growing city center.

McBirney Mansion Preservation Easement

Posted by Amanda DeCort on July 29, 2013    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

McBirney House

Did you know that there’s a preservation easement on the McBirney Mansion? The City of Tulsa and the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office co-hold an easement that prevents demolition or modification of this iconic home on Riverside Drive.

For more info on the McBirney, click here.