Most of the original retail and commercial structures at this intersection were built alongside the residential development of Ranch Acres neighborhood. Principally bounded by 31st and 41st Strreets between Harvard and Delaware, this well-preserved area was built during a time when commercial and residential buildings shared a look and feel. The corner store looked like your house. They matched.
|Courtesy Beryl Ford Collectio|
Initially developed in the early Fifties as an upscale residential area, Ranch Acres is one of the best preserved examples of post-war suburbia in Oklahoma. The low and sprawling ranch-style homes occupy large lots- as the name implies, about an acre. But this well kept neighborhood, its central location and the large parcels of land were slowly becoming a liability.
By the Eighties developers were razing a home to plant 3 in its place- or one hideous monstrosity that was completely out of proportion. New residents were attracted by the neighborhood's charm, then proceeded to do everything they could to destroy it. This ever increasing threat of teardowns continued throughout the Nineties, then area residents acted. Eventually Ranch Acres was listed on The National Register of Historic Places as a historic neighborhood in 2007, hopefully stemming the onslaught of McMansions.
But sadly, the commercial components of this historic Tulsa area have not fared so well.
- History of Ranch Acres from the Tulsa Preservation Commission