dancing with architecture: Tulsa (with a side of Catoosa)

I have to admit that my expectations were low. In fact, they were nonexistent. I wasn't expecting much of anything besides the Frank Lloyd Wright house and early examples of Bruce Goff. However,  I was pleasantly surprised to find a vibrant town with a proud downtown, several entertainment districts, and a bit of public art. A pretty nifty place, all in all! 

On the way to see the Wright, I happened upon this beautiful Streamline Moderne constructed of board-formed concrete. This house was designed by Frederick V. Kershner and built in 1937 for the Fleegers.

Westhope was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright for the publisher of the Tulsa Tribune, Richard Lloyd Jones. Jones was also Wright's cousin. The house sports 10,000 square feet and a four-car garage.

This, I believe, is an early Goff take on the bungalow:

Next up was the McGregor House, (apparently) designed by Goff in 1920 and possibly his first design (he started work with an architectural firm when he was 12!).

This is the Adah Robinson House, a house she designed along with Bruce Goff and Joseph Koberling, built in 1927. Adah was Goff's art teacher.

The Boston Avenue Methodist Church, built in 1929, is generally credited to Adah Robinson and Bruce Goff (Adah for the decoration, Goff for all else). It appears, by my eyes, to be goth-deco, topped with a 258-foot tower.

From there I deathmarched about downtown Tulsa through the twilight hour, walking hither and dither...

For the worky part of my trip, we had a field trip to the Port of Catoosa, the furthest inland port in the U.S. of A in full operation year-round. 

Tragically, I somehow missed seeing Goff's Riverside Studio (had it on my list...). But given how nice Tulsa is, and the bride wanting to visit and stay at the Price Tower in Bartlesville, we will be back...

Tulsa Preservation Commission
Tulsa Foundation for Architecture
Modern Tulsa
Deco Tulsa

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