Education Series

Tulsa Preservation Commission is excited to bring speakers from across the country to engage the community in historic preservation. From historic tax credits and Route 66 to sustainable design and community character, these four lectures are sure to broaden our knowledge and dialogue of historic preservation in Tulsa. We hope to see you at all of these FREE lectures. More information is provided below on each of the topics.

Thank you to our Series Partners: AIA Eastern Oklahoma, APA OklahomaSustainable TulsaTulsa Foundation for Architecture, TYProsTulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, Urban Land Institute Oklahoma

This presentation series is funded by the National Park Service through the Certified Local Government Program.


Marketplace DC

Marketplace in Washington, DC has recently been restored using sustainable design.

Redefining Stewardship: Designing for a Sustainable Future
April 7, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
Cyntergy, 810 S Cincinnati Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103

Join us for the first lecture on sustainable design and adaptive reuse by Tina Roach, AIA, LEED AP with Quinn Evans Architects. Whether designing a new building or preserving an existing one, we value efficiency, durability, and longevity. Learn how one firm transforms historic buildings with state-of-the-art technology and integrated sustainable strategies in new construction, creating designs that respond to their contexts while serving the needs of clients.

Thank you to Cyntergy and our Reception Sponsors AIA Eastern Oklahoma and Sustainable Tulsa

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36 Degrees North Building

Universal Ford Building is a Historic Tax Credit Project completed in 2016.

Positive IMPACT: Historic Tax Credits Transforming Tulsa
May 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
36°N, Universal Ford Building, 36 East Cameron Street Tulsa, OK 74103

Important downtown buildings would still be collecting dust and contributing even less to our city’s bottom line without the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) program. In fact, HTC projects have pumped over $163 million of private investment into Tulsa since 2000, adding numerous residents and hotel rooms to downtown Tulsa! In today’s unstable economy, can we afford not to provide this incentive to redevelop historic buildings from Tulsa’s past? Tulsa Foundation for Architecture recently commissioned a study of the economic impact of HTCs in Oklahoma. Join us as nationally noted economist Donovan Rypkema, Prinicipal of Place Economics brings his findings to Tulsa and stay for a reception and tour of the newly completed Universal Ford Building.

Thank you to 36°North, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, TYPros, and Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce

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East Village District

Older, Smaller, Better: Community Character and Vitality
June 7, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
Cyntergy, 810 S Cincinnati Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab recently reported that established neighborhoods with a mix of older, smaller buildings attracts more entrepreneurial jobs where the creative economy thrives rather than districts with predominately larger, newer structures. Learn more from Michael Powe, Associate Director of Research, about Green Lab’s findings and how places like Tulsa could realize the benefits of reusing our older buildings!

Thank you to Cyntergy 

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Circle Cinema

Circle Theater marquee restoration funded in part by a grant from the NPS’s Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program in 2012.

Preserving Route 66: Economic and Cultural Benefits
June 14, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
Circle Cinema, 10 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104

Did you know that Route 66 attracts thousands of visitors every year from all over the world? Heritage tourists like to stay longer and spend more time and money locally than any other type of tourist. There’s a lot to see on the Mother Road from Illinois to California, so how can we attract these visitors to Tulsa?  Come hear Kaisa Barthuli, Program Manager of the NPS Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, and Amy Webb, Senior Field Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, about opportunities for the preservation of Route 66- enhancing community revitalization, improving economic development, and increasing tourism along America’s iconic Route 66.

Thank you to Circle Cinema, Visit Tulsa and our Reception Sponsors Route 66 Experience and TYPros

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If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Gates by email or phone at 918-576-5685.