Tulsa is a Preserve America Community, reaping the benefits of preserving our cultural heritage and historic resources while encouraging redevelopment and economic growth. Downtown, midtown, along Route 66 and in other areas, Tulsans value historic places, and we are finding ways to repurpose and reuse older buildings, bringing new life to our economy.
The Tulsa Preservation Commission is offering a series of free, public lectures this April through June, bringing speakers from across the country to Tulsa. Featured topics include sustainable design and adaptive reuse, historic tax credits, entrepreneurial success in older neighborhoods with smaller buildings, and the economic and cultural benefits of preserving Route 66. A reception will be provided with each of the presentations. The schedule is as follows:
Redefining Stewardship: Designing for a Sustainable Future
April 7, 5:30 p.m.
Cyntergy, 810 S. Cincinnati Ave.
Having worked on the recent restoration of the Eastern Market, an 1873 landmark in Washington D.C., Tina Roach, AIA, LEED AP with Quinn Evans Architects will start the series by addressing sustainable design and adaptive reuse. Designing a new building and preserving an existing one both share the values of efficiency, durability and longevity.
Positive IMPACT: Historic Tax Credits Transforming Tulsa
May 17, 6 p.m.
36 Degrees North, Universal Ford Building, 36 E. Cameron St.
The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture recently commissioned a study of the economic impact of historic tax credits in Oklahoma. The Tulsa Preservation Commission has invited nationally noted economist Donovan Rypkema, Principal of Place Economics, to present findings of this study. Historic tax credit projects have pumped over $163 million of private investment into Tulsa since 2000, adding numerous residents and hotel rooms to downtown Tulsa. A reception and tour of the newly completed Universal Ford building will follow the lecture.
Older, Smaller, Better: Community Character and Vitality
June 7, 5:30 p.m.
Cyntergy, 810 S. Cincinnati Ave.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservation Green Lab recently reported that established neighborhoods with a mix of older, smaller buildings attract more entrepreneurial jobs where the creative economy thrives rather than districts with predominantly larger, newer structures. Learn more from Michael Powe, Associate Director of Research, about Green Lab's findings and how places like Tulsa could realize the benefits of reusing our older buildings.
Preserving Route 66: Economic and Cultural Benefits
June 14, 5:30 p.m.
Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Ave.
Route 66 attracts thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. Heritage tourists like to stay longer and spend more money and time locally than any other type of tourist. How can we attract these visitors to Tulsa?
Kaisa Barthuli, Program Manager of the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, visited Tulsa in 2009 to celebrate restoration of the neon Meadow Gold Sign. She returns to Tulsa this summer with Amy Webb, Senior Field Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to speak about opportunities for preservation of Route 66 - enhancing community revitalization, improving economic development, and increasing tourism along America's iconic Route 66.
This presentation series is funded by the National Park Service through the Certified Local Government Program. Tulsa Preservation Commission thanks series partners American Institute of Architects (AIA) Eastern Oklahoma, American Planning Association (APA) Oklahoma, Sustainable Tulsa, Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, TYPros, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Urban Land Institute Oklahoma. Also thanks to Cyntergy, 36 Degrees North, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Circle Cinema, Visit Tulsa, and Route 66 Experience.