Here are some general observations we made:
- Tulsans don't realize how much wonderful architecture we have (or how much we've squandered).
- The National Trust for Historic Places has recognized the relevance of Recent Past structures and design.
- In most of the country teardowns are a very real threat to postwar neighborhoods- though most of our "infill development" in Tulsa has targeted older areas, it's obvious the Ranch Home is the next target.
- The Recent Past Preservation Network is working on a new website with interactive features and photo sharing.
- "There's nothing wrong with a new building looking new." - NTHP Trustee and Conference Co-Chair, Marty Newman on developers.
- We heard lots of new jargon- but our favorite: Garage Mahal.
- We are not the only kooks who think buildings devoid of ruffles, turrets, and lightning rods are cool.
An unexpected treat on the tour was the unusual "comma house." It has recently changed hands and steps have been taken to preserve it. Look for more on it in the near future.