Oklahoma Modernism Weekend will take place June 5-7 at Northpark Mall. Be sure to sign up for your booth today!


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Save the Date! Oklahoma Modernism Weekend 2020

Local Organization Offers to Save Wavy Bank Structure

Friday, May 3, 2019

Contact: Melissa Hunt
Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture
Phone: (405) 948-7174

Photograph By: Lynne Rostochil

(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture (OCFA) sent a Letter of Intent to Lease the Central National Motor Bank Annex (aka "the wavy bank building") to Oklahoma City Public Schools today. The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture is willing to assume the repair, liability and ongoing maintenance of the structure as a solution to save the iconic piece of architecture.

The OCFA Board of Directors believes the Foundation has the track record, interest and resources to make this endeavor successful. The organization was formed 20 years ago to save the abandoned and endangered First Church of Christ, Scientist building at 1200 North Robinson Avenue. The OCFA owned and maintained the building for almost a decade and in that time placed the building on the National Register of Historic Places. The building remains today because of the efforts of the Foundation.

The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture believes the "wavy bank building" is deserving of such care and protection for its distinctive roof design. The structure retains great architectural character that should be preserved.


The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture promotes design excellence in the physical environment through projects and education. You can read more about OCFA at


Save the Date! Oklahoma Modernism Weekend

Get You OKC Foundation for Architecture Shirt!


$20.00 each (S-XL) (XXL $22)


If you'd like to pick up, rather than pay for shipping, please change your shipping method in the cart.

We will accept orders through February 8th and shirts will be ready around February 22nd.

Streetcar and Architecture Tour on January 26!

Join us on Saturday, January 26th at 10:00 a.m. to learn about our fabulous downtown Oklahoma City Architecture while riding the new streetcar!

Our tour guide will be Oklahoma City Architect, Anthony McDermid, AIA, RIBA.

Anthony and his business partner John Ward founded The Architectural Partnership (TAP ARCHITECTURE) in downtown Oklahoma City in 1988. Anthony has design credentials for over one thousand projects in Oklahoma and across the nation and on several continents. In recent years, he had the opportunity to affect the urban landscape in Oklahoma City with visionary urban planning and designs that have helped reinvent downtown Oklahoma City. Anthony is not only a Licensed Architect in the state of Oklahoma but also a Licensed European Union Architect. His vast community involvement includes past President of The City Rescue Mission, AIA Oklahoma past President, and has received the Leadership Oklahoma City Paragon Award.


We will meet at the Downtown Library stop at 10:00 a.m. at 300 West Park Avenue. The stop is on the West side of the Library. The tour will last approximately one hour, depending on the stops along the route and we will end back at the Library stop.

This tour is FREE but we ask that attendees register in advance so we know how many to expect.


Please note:

Due to limited seating on the street car, some of our tour goers may have to stand during the tour.

Street parking is available nearby, especially along Main Street, Colcord Dr, Couch Dr, Hudson Ave, and Park Ave (street parking is free on Saturdays). The Arts District Parking Garage is also nearby at 431 W Main St (fees apply).







Drinks x Design

Friday, September 9, 2016
6:00 p.m.

Experience downtown OKC like never before!
The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture presents Drinks X Design.
Hop on a party bus and take a behind-the-scenes tour of four architectural firms while indulging in unique offerings from local brewers and restaurants.

Limited Seating.

Ticket price includes:
-Ride on the party bus
-Firm tours
-Beer and food
-Coffee and dessert
-Commemorative pint glass


OCFA Members: $50.00 ($60.00 after September 3)
Verify membership here / Join the OKC Foundation for Architecture for $25

Nonmembers: $60.00 ($70.00 after September 3)


Join us for the next Quarterly Tour!




Join the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture on Saturday, August 1 for a Tour of the Oklahoma Capitol.

Learn about the planned restoration projects as well as a little Capitol History.

The tour will be lead by:

Trait Thompson, State Capitol Project Manager

Trait Thompson

Duane Mass, AIA, State Capitol Architect


Fred Schmidt, FAIA, Interior Restoration Project Architect



J.C. Witcher, AIA Exterior Restoration Project Architect

Saturday, August 1
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Tickets Purchased in Advance:
OKC Foundation for Arch Member: $5
Nonmember: $10


Day of the Tour:
Everyone: $15



Join us for a Sunday Stroll Along Broadway!


Sunday Stroll on Broadway

Join the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture for a Sunday Stroll on Broadway on Sunday, October 26th from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Massive, bulky, straightforward. Early automobile showrooms are in all downtowns. It was a new building type to service a new type of merchandise that could be purchased right on Main Street. Automobile Alley was home to 52 of the first 76 dealerships in Oklahoma City. These steel-reinforced, poured-in-place structures feature interior auto ramps, auto elevators, and rooftop parking. The district includes a number of "holes"-those surface parking lots originally used for new and used car sales. It is not your typical commercial Main Street district.

This tour will not only take you on a nostalgic trip of the models of yesteryear but it also will show what new uses are possible for these dealerships. Projects will include office conversions, light industries, lofts, dance studios, non-profit organizations, restaurants, and retail as well as automotive related businesses. Indoor first floor parking that converts to major party space keeps large showrooms just as they were! Many of these projects qualified for the investment tax credits, making for bumper to bumper great deals for the owners!

Catherine Montgomery, AIA of Preservation and Design Studio and Ron Frantz, AIA of the University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture will lead a tour along Automobile Alley.

Cost: $5 for OKC Foundation for Architecture Members / $10 for nonmembers


Oklahoma’s 26th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

2014 Statewide Preservation Conference

University of Oklahoma Campus, Norman

June 4-6, 2014

Join Preservation Oklahoma in Norman for Historic Preservation ABCs: Oklahoma’s 26th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. The conference will be held June 4-6 in Norman on the University of Oklahoma campus. Over forty speakers from Oklahoma and across the country will participate through lectures, roundtables, tours, and special workshops.

Design professionals who attend the conference will qualify for HSW hours needed to fulfill requirements of the State of Oklahoma’s Board of Governors of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers. Simply register for the conference and sign in at the SHPO’s table in the registration area. There are no additional fees for this service. A certificate of attendance will be mailed to participants after the conference. Self report your attendance to the board. (The State Historic Preservation Office is not an AIA Registered Provider so AIA credits will not be reported to AIA). If you have questions, please contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, at

More detailed information on the conference, as well as online registration, can be found at:


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