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! Some projects include the recently renovated Universal Ford and Fox Buildings in the Brady District, the Mayo Hotel, and the Atlas Life Building. In today’s unstable economy, can we afford not to provide this incentive to redevelop historic buildings from Tulsa’s past?

To understand the effect of this incentive, Tulsa Foundation for Architecture recently commissioned a study on the economic impact of HTCs in Oklahoma. Join us as internationally noted economist Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics brings his findings to Tulsa and stay for a reception and tour of the newly completed Universal Ford Building.

Donovan RypkemaDonovan Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, DC-based real estate and economic development consulting firm specializing in services to public and nonprofit-sector clients with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization. Mr. Rypkema is recognized as an industry leader in the economics of preserving historic structures which he speaks about around the world and has authored numerous publications on the subject. Mr. Rypkema was educated at Columbia University, where he received a Masters of Science degree in Historic Preservation. He also teaches a graduate course in preservation economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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

AIA and AICP continuing education credits are pending for this lecture.


Tulsa Preservation Commission is excited to bring this second lecture in the series. We hope to see you at all of these FREE lectures. More information is available on the series on our previous blog.

Thank you to our Promotional Partners: AIA Eastern OklahomaAPA OklahomaSustainable TulsaTulsa Foundation for ArchitectureTYProsTulsa Regional Chamber of CommerceUrban Land Institute Oklahoma

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