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Local Organization Offers to Save Wavy Bank Structure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 3, 2019

Contact: Melissa Hunt
Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture
Phone: (405) 948-7174
Email: okcarchitecture@cox.net

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.

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

 

Save the Date! Oklahoma Modernism Weekend

Get You OKC Foundation for Architecture Shirt!

SUPPORT THE OKLAHOMA CITY FOUNDATION FOR ARCHITECTURE BY
PURCHASING YOUR OCFA T-SHIRT DESIGNED BY FIVE NINE!

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

**PURCHASE HERE**

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.

REGISTER HERE

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

Cost:

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)

REGISTER HERE

Join us for the next Quarterly Tour!

 

OKLAHOMA CAPITOL TOUR

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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

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Duane Mass, AIA, State Capitol Architect

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Fred Schmidt, FAIA, Interior Restoration Project Architect

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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

 

REGISTER

Join us for a Sunday Stroll Along Broadway!

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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

REGISTER HERE

2013 Architecture Week To Be Held In April

February 6, 2013

Architecture Enthusiasts,

The American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter (AIACOC) is proud to again bring Architecture Week to the public. Architecture Week celebrates architecture and design in Central Oklahoma. This year the events will run April 8th thru the 14th.

The events include the OKLAHOMANMADE Architectural Photography Competition, the AIACOC Honor Awards, the 12th Annual AIA Architecture Tour, KIDesign and the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture's Poker Run.

On April 11, 2013 the OKLAHOMANMADE Architectural Photography Exhibit will be held. This is an event for future photographers, professional photographers, intern architects, architects, and the general public to show their images of Oklahoma built environment. The OKLAHOMANMADE Photographs will be on display and winners will be announced during this event. Come join us for OKLAHOMANMADE event on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Butzer Gardner Architects on Film Row from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The 2013 AIACOC Honor Awards Luncheon will be held on April 12th. AIA will honor individuals and firms both within the profession and outside the profession who merit recognition for their accomplishments on behalf of the architectural profession. This event will take place at Will Rogers Theater from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

On Saturday April 13, 2013, AIACOC will host two events. One will be the Architecture Tour and the other will be KIDesign. The Architecture Tour is a tour of eight projects in the OKC metro that have been designed by architects. The 2012 Tour locations can be viewed at www.aiacoc.org/tour. Tickets for this year's tour will go on sale March 25th and will be $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour.

AIACOC and the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture invite kids 1st through 6th grade to participate in KIDesign. KIDesign is an event that helps our youth discover architecture in a hands on classroom approach.

Architecture Week will conclude on Sunday with the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture's Poker Run. The poker run highlights significant structures around the Central Oklahoma area. This event will feature various architectural works that are historic and architecturally significant. There are five designated stops within a 150 mile radius. Attendees draw a poker card at each stop and the winning hand will be determined at the final stop. Motorcycles and cars are both welcome.

We appreciate all the support you have given Architecture Week in the past and we invite you to join us again this year to celebrate the importance of design in our community.

For more information on Architecture Week 2013, please visit www.aiacoc.org/architectureweek
Sincerely,

Melissa Hunt, Executive Director

AIA Central Oklahoma

 

 

 

Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture Names New Chairman

Andrew Seamans, AIA was named Chairman of the Board at Friday’s Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture meeting.

Andrew is the principal and owner of D5 Architecture in Norman. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Architecture and is a State of Oklahoma Licensed Architect. Andrew has worked on a wide range of projects in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area over the last 10 years. He has been involved in public libraries, business office renovations, restaurants, retail, public school facilities, medical buildings and condominium developments.

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