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Photo Scavenger Hunt II

Where Am I? Here's the second installment of the exciting game show that's sweeping the country! Congratulations to Derek Lee who correctly identified the super-sleek columns of the Stillwater National Bank building in Stillwater, Oklahoma. An official Oklahoma Modern t-shirt is headed your way! The 1967 Stillwater National Bank Building at 6th and Main in Stillwater. Now, let's start the next round!

Plywood Challenge

I've been shopping for a new desk. Then I read about a design competition sponsored by More Branding to design a desk from a single sheet of plywood. Thus the name: 4 x 8. It was so much fun they decided to invite others from the Tulsa design community to participate. Fifteen entries were received the first day.  What started out as a simple office project to replace some desks has turned into a full-blown, hard-core, design throwdown. The call for entries has gone out (and reprinted when they ran out) and come January we'll see just how creative T-Town really is. But wait... There is more. To top it off a showcase and silent auction will be held March 2012. The proceeds from each desk will benefit the school of each designer's choice! As of yet the location is yet to be determined- but if the pace of entries continue I'm thinking airplane hanger. So now I'm thinking it's time to design my own desk. Or maybe I'll wait and see what turns up and

Photo Scavenger Hunt Contest

Where Am I? Here's a fun idea: We'll post a photo, and you guess the location! The photos will be an architectural detail located within Oklahoma. If you think you know the location submit your guess on the Oklahoma Modern Facebook page . We'll pick a winner at random from the correct answers submitted (assuming there are more than one) and you'll receive a fabulous prize from one of our wonderful sponsors! Ready? Here's our first round... Go! Where Am I? If you know where this is visit us on Facebook , look for this post and click "Comment" to submit your answer! PS- If you have a cool photo you think might be appropriate let us know !

The Recent Past

The Bruce Goff House in Vinita

We were recently surprised to learn about a Goff-designed home just an hour away from Tulsa in Vinita, Oklahoma. Vinita is probably best known to OK Mod readers as the home of the Glass House on I-44, also known as (shudder) the World's Largest Largest McDonalds . Anywho, turned out the Goff house was on the market, and the owner was more than happy to let us have a look around. We took a short drive up the turnpike one Sunday afternoon to meet the realtor, snap some pictures, ask some questions and enjoy another one of Bruce Goff's unique creations. The home is known as the Adams House and was built in 1961. The 3,700 square foot home is arranged in a circular floor plan with a large sunken "conversation pit" at the center. Rising up from this pit is a large metal fireplace, its chimney surrounded by skylights, which dominates the entire house. Rooms surround the perimeter with folding accordion doors acting as walls. To maintain some semblance of privacy an inner

The World Museum

The widening of I-44 through Tulsa will soon claim another mid-century building (see Modern Homes Make Way for I-44 ). This unusual landmark near Peoria, once known as the World Museum, is being emptied in preparation for demolition. The concrete complex was built in 1963 by the Osborn Ministries as a museum and "Interstate Temple." Self-proclaimed minister, T. L. Osborn, and his wife, Daisy, traveled the world as Christian missionaries and collected art and artifacts on their journeys. The unusual La Concha-esque building housed their partial collection and distracted motorists touring along the new Skelly Bypass (aka I-44). The exterior of the building is adorned with maps of the world's continents. In its heyday there was a good deal more- a giant outline of Jesus was on one wall. The inscription below it, "REX," provided one of my earliest Latin lessons when I asked Dad why that building had my name on it. There was also a large globe that once stood out fr

Visit to the Prairie Chicken House

This unique house on the edge of Norman, Oklahoma is known to most as the prairie chicken house. Designed by Herb Greene in 1960, he preferred to call it simply the Prairie House .  Thanks to the  Prairie House Preservation Society  (PHPS) it is now possible for the public to experience one of Oklahoma's most unusual architectural treasures.