Please consider the following Historic Preservation Projects submitted in this year's AIA Eastern Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards. The link to vote for your favorite can be found at the bottom of this page.
The Universal Ford Building,
originally constructed in 1917, once housed the Ford Motor Company including a
Model T showroom. The design and adaptive reuse of the building and showroom
involved the historic renovation of 37,000 square feet of the two-story cast in
place concrete structure. The building sits on one of the last intact tracts of
historic Main Street in downtown Tulsa. The building’s envelope was improved
with new stucco and brickwork repairs. The original steel windows are retained
and were repaired in place. There are over 2,000 individually insulated glazed
window units that have been set into the original steel window frames. Historic
doors on the south side of the building were discovered beneath layers of
drywall and metal. Although they were too deteriorated to restore, they were
used as a pattern to create historically and dimensionally accurate doors.
The mixed-use rehabilitation project resulted in 23 apartment units, 6,500 square feet of restaurant space and 11,000 square feet of office space including 36 Degrees North, a cooperative work environment for budding entrepreneurs. The 5,000 square feet of unglazed porcelain hex tile, in the historic showroom, was carefully restored to it’s original condition and is a unique feature of the project.
For 74 years Swinney’s Hardware was a staple of
the neighborhood. Kendall Whittier Square, Tulsa’s first suburban shopping
center and home to Swinney’s Hardware, was placed on the National Register of
Historic Places in 2012. When the store closed in 2008, the Depression-era building sat vacant and deteriorated.
Now the neighborhood is seeing a revitalization. Becoming a haven for arts and entertainment, it is the perfect spot for an event planning and branding firm known for originality and creativity. The firm’s owner was anxious to preserve and revitalize the old hardware building and to take advantage of the available Historic Tax Credits.