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ID Number 11000641
Historic Name TULSA CIVIC CENTER HISTORIC DISTRICT
Description of Significance THE TULSA CIVIC CENTER HISTORIC DISTRICT IS ELIGIBLE FOR LOCAL SIGNIFICANCE UNDER CATEGORY G, EXCEPTIONAL SIGNFICANCE, CRITERIA A AND C, FOR COMMUNITY PLANNING, AND THE CENTER’S EXCELLENT COLLECTION OF MID-CENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE. PLANNING FOR THE CIVIC CENTER BEGAN IN THE 1920S AND CONTINUED THROUGH THE 1930S, 1940S, AND 1950S UNTIL THE CIVIC CENTER WAS FINALLY COMPLETED IN 1969. THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WORLD WAR II DELAYED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CIVIC CENTER’S CONSTRUCTION, BUT TULSANS REMAINED FOCUSED ON COMPLETION OF THE CENTER. THE SUSTAINED EFFORT AND MULTIPLE PLANS OVER DECADES FOR THE CIVIC CENTER PROVIDE EXCELLENT EVIDENCE OF THIS DETERMINATION. CONTEMPORARY PUBLIC VALUES IN TULSA HAVE CHANGED TOWARD THE WORTH OF MONUMENTAL CIVIC BUILDINGS AND THE CIVIC CENTER REPRESENTS A DIFFERENT PUBLIC PARADIGM WHEN VISUAL SYMBOLS OF GOVERNMENT WERE HIGHLY ESTEEMED. THE GROUP OF TULSA ARCHITECTS, WHO PLANNED FOR THE CENTER COOPERATIVELY, WAS GIVEN A NATIONAL AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS (AIA) AWARD FOR THEIR PLANNING PROCESS, A PROCESS THAT WAS COPIED BY OTHER CITIES.
Current Name SAME
Address BETWEEN WEST THIRD AND SIXTH STREETS AND SOUTH HOUSTON AND DENVER AVENUE
City TULSA
County TULSA
Lot
Block
Current Section
Township
Range
Type DISTRICT
Historic Function GOVERNMENT, EDUCATION, RECREATION/CULTURE
Current Function GOVERNMENT, EDUCATION, RECREATION/CULTURE
Area Signficance 1 COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Area Significance 2 ARCHITECTURE
Date Prepared 2011
Year Built 1955-1969
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder MURRAY, DAVID G., MURRAY, LEE C., STONE, EDWARD DURRELL, JONES, ROBERT LAWTON, ERWIN, BRUCE, SENTER, LEON B. SR., WARD, CHARLES, WEST, RALPH E, MCCORMICK, DONALD
Architectural Style INTERNATIONAL
Roof Material TAR/GRAVEL
Wall Material CONCRETE, BRICK, STONE
Window Material METAL
Door Material METAL
Decorative Details
Condition GOOD
Comments
Restricted N