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May 3, 2024

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture programs planned for May

TFA is celebrating modernism all month long through “Mid-Mod May,” a thematic celebration and exploration of Tulsa’s midcentury modern architecture (both commercial and residential), and is also launching a new tour in partnership with the Greenwood community.

For detailed information and to purchase advance tickets for the programs, visit tulsaarchitecture.org/programs.


Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join TFA for a private guided tour to learn more about the work of accomplished interior designer Chris Murphy. Murphy and special guest architect Scott Pohlenz will discuss the design of his incredible home as well as other exciting Chris Murphy Designs projects.

The Boomtown Dog is a new addition to the concessions at ONEOK Field, home to the Tulsa Drillers baseball team. And it is a big deal.

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Saturday, May 11, tours starting from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

On this tour, check out Tulsa’s modern masterpieces starting in the midcentury. Learn how the skyline blossomed and transitioned from the art deco era into mid-mod while seeing iconic architectural landmarks that reflect the city’s evolution and contemporary design influences.


ORU & More – The Architecture of Frank Wallace

Thursday, May 16 , 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Learn about the iconic architecture of Frank Wallace, who designed most buildings on the Oral Roberts University campus while enjoying themed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a unique, midcentury modern atmosphere.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of midcentury homes that have never before been featured by TFA.

TFA TOURS: Greenwood – In Partnership

Saturday, May 25, tours starting from 9:30-11:10 a.m.

Historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church’s docents will collaborate with TFA, making stops at plaques lining the sidewalks from Archer and Greenwood to Vernon A.M.E. Church. These plaques commemorate significant locations such as R.T. Bridgewater, S.M. Jackson Funeral Home, The Williams Building confectionary, The Dreamland Theater and The Black Wall Street Memorial, showcasing the resilience and legacy of the community.

CURATED CONVERSATIONS: Behind the Scenes with Archivist, Malinda Blank

Thursday, May 30, 6-7:30 p.m.

Take a deep dive into one of TFA’s largest archival collections: The Buchner Collection. Born in Tulsa in 1915, Robert E. Buchner is known for his midcentury modern architectural designs. His collection was donated to TFA in 2005 and contains plans for 114 buildings, his drawing instruments and drafting table, photographs and a research library.

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