Modern Architecture & Art Pottery Exhibits In Tulsa November 19 2015There are two new exhibits at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum that are of interest to Friends of Kebyar: Oklahoma Earth: A History of Frankoma Pottery (through July 2016) charts the history of the storied pottery company in Sapulpa, OK with a connection to Bruce Goff's architecture. Designing Tulsa: Oil Capital Architects (through August 2016) features a series of artifacts from select local architects that tell the story of Tulsa’s past through the walls and decoration that adorn the city. A number of architects will be featured including: Arthur Atkinson, Robert Buchner, John Duncan Forsyth, Bruce Goff, Donald Honn, Blaine Imel, Joseph Koberling, Donald McCormick, Murray Jones Murray (Lee Murray, Robert L. Jones, David Murray), and Leon Senter. Follow the links above to get more info.
Goff's Tulsa Club Sold September 30 2015Newson6.com reports that the Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club building, which has had a tortured history of fires, vacancy, and vandalism, was recently sold to Tulsa-based Ross Group for $1.5 million. The new buyers have not expressed their plans for the building, but one can strongly hope it includes restoring it back to its former Art Deco splendor. More here.
Help Support Goff's Riverside Studio Restoration August 07 2015
Scott Pendelton sends word that an important Bruce Goff work will be rehabilitated if the Tulsa City Council and voters approve funding. The 1929 Riverside Studio (today the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre) was one of Goff’s earliest designs. It opened just seven months before the Black Friday stock market crash that ushered in the Depression and eventually led to foreclosure on the original owner. The building was then empty or leased for almost a decade, during which time essential maintenance was neglected. Subsequent owners of limited means have attempted to keep the building functional, but now a total rehab is needed. No one alive today experienced the building in its original glory, thus it has always been more of a sad curiosity than a point of pride. Except for the impact of the Great Depression, this building would surely be THE iconic image associated with Tulsa.
The structure is quite sound. Full rehabilitation is possible. But for that to happen the current owners, the non-profit Tulsa Spotlighters, Inc. must convince Tulsa that the building is a valuable cultural asset of interest to potential visitors, and that Bruce Goff remains relevant. For more information and to find out how you can support the effort, please visit www.spotlighttheatre.org.
Goff Riverside Studio Needs Your Help April 20 2015The Bruce Goff-designed Riverside Studio (now known as the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre) in Tulsa, OK has been placed on Preservation Oklahoma's "15 Most Endangered List" and is in need of urgent rehabilitation. Read more about the history and donate to the restoration effort here.
Saving Goff's McGregor House December 10 2014Nelson Brackin shares a link to an article on the efforts by Mark Sanders to restore Bruce Goff's McGregor House in Tulsa, OK. Mark learned of the home's pedigree originally in the Friends of Kebyar's Bruce Goff Oklahoma Guide. Learn more and become a member to the Bruce Goff organization here.
Shuttered Tulsa Club Kept Up To Code August 19 2014
Tulsa World reports that despite being shuttered and up for sale, the Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club building (1927) is being kept up to city code enforcement standards, including more lighting, the addition of stairwell railings, repaired elevator doors and shafts, and the clearing of combustibles from the building. This is good to hear, especially since the Tulsa Club has been neglected for so long and the victim of fires in the past. Read more about it here.