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Just Another Teardown

This smart looking modern house doesn't stand a chance.

I've always liked the house, especially the upstairs deck and railing. It looks like a very sensible size (which means it's tiny by modern standards) and doesn't appear to be very run down.

Unfortunately it's cursed with a prime location that adjoins a large vacant lot. The realtor is so convinced nobody would want this boxy Fifties bungalow they felt the need to add "LOT" to the for sale sign. Seems like we could give the house a chance. Do we really need to point out the oversized lot to would-be developers? Or is the $450,000 price tag not obvious enough?

The house is on on Terwilleger Boulevard just west of Utica. Enjoy it while you can.

Favorites: Thanks Dwell

Last week I noticed new visitors to Oklahoma Modern being sent from Dwell magazine's website.

Dwell is one of my fave magazines, so I was curious. I investigated and was delighted to find a new resource listing modern sites of regional interest- such as the one you're looking at now.

Here's a link to the page which includes a map of the various sites sprinkled across our Great Land...

Dwell's Regional Modern Website Map

We don't really consider ourselves a "real estate" site, but that's okay (we're not based in OKC either). Shucks, when we started OK Modern we never thought we'd be in Dwell! We're flattered to be sharing pixels with cool sites like Houston Mod, the Eichler Network and Kansas City Modern.

Thanks Dwell!

Modern Night at Philbrook

Two modern exhibits happen to coincide this month at Tulsa's Philbrook Museum of Art.

To celebrate this occasion Modern Tulsa invites you to join them for an evening at Philbrook. The event is free, you just need to RSVP to Moderntulsa.net.

A new gallery featuring selected works from the George Kravis II Collection of modern design opens September 8, 2009. The collection features items from 1900 to the present designed by iconic names in industrial design like Dreyfuss, Frankl, Geddes, Teague, Vassos and Noguchi.

Also showing in the main gallery is Auspicious Vision (Aug, 23-Nov. 29), a showcase of American Modernism paintings from the Edward Wales Root collection.

Better Living by Design, with Modern Tulsa
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Philbrook 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Pohlenz Cucine Moderne 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The evening starts at Philbrook, to enjoy the exhibits from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Then we'll make the short drive up Peoria to visit Cucine Moderne from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm for a taste…

World Museum's Final Exhibit

It's called Rubble.

We originally told you about the impending demolition of the former T.L. Osborn complex back in November 2008. The former home of the Osborn Ministries, their Interstate Temple and the bizarre World Museum were being razed to make room for the widening of I-44.

This last week the demolition revved into high gear. This photo was snapped just hours before the landmark parabolic roof structure (we always called it the Conch) was leveled.

It was a sad end to a unique building that has been etched into the memories of millions of cross-country travelers.

Addendum
Shane Hood passed along this graphical nugget from a period trade magazine. Ironic reading the blurb about how quickly the concrete arches were created.



12 hours up, 12 minutes down. Oh well.

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