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SandRidge Demolition Stalled

The proposed SandRidge Commons project was put on hold Thursday by the Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment. The board cited a lack of information and granted the appeal instigated by Preservation Oklahoma.

The next round in this ordeal is scheduled to take place June 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm.

Full article from the Daily Oklahoman.

OKC Development Threatens Historic Buildings

A recently proposed development by SandRidge Energy in downtown Oklahoma City has preservationists jumping into action.

There appears to be two parts of this story that have brick huggers hopping mad. First off is the planned demolition of OKC's oldest structure, the 1902 India Temple building. The second, less obvious part of the controversy, is the process by which the development was approved by the Downtown Design Review Committee.

I don't pretend to know much about either topic, so I'll use the magic of the world wide interwebs to silently transport you to information nirvana....

To learn about the buildings being threatened refer to Doug Loudenback's recent blog, What Have We Got to Lose.

To learn more about the controversial decision and the effort to appeal it visit Keep Downtown Urban.

All of this is building up to an appeal hearing on Thursday, May 20, 2010 before the Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment. We'll keep you posted.

Prairie House in the 'Burbs

It's not often I see unique homes in South Tulsa. In fact most of them are pretty un-unique.

That's why it caught my eye when I spotted this prairie-style home near 101st and Garnett. The large overhangs give it a distinctively Wright-esque look. And the large glass areas appear to be structural in some areas.

Anyone know more about it?

Dallas Mods on Display at Upcoming Home Tour

Here's a little news from "south of the border" for all you mod-lovin' Okies.

This weekend there's a home tour in the White Rock Lake area of Dallas. This is the fifth year for this event and most of the homes are Mid-Century Modern. Hours are noon to 5:00 pm on both days and advance tickets are available at area merchants.

White Rock Home Tour
April 24-25, 2010
Dallas, TX

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the event. More information on the homes, sponsors and tour details are available online at www.whiterockhometour.org

If that whets your appetite you might also want to know about the Ju-Nel Homes exhibit at the Dallas Center for Architecture. These homes, designed by Lyle Rowley and Jack Wilson, are considered modernist jewels. This exhibit kicks off in conjunction with the White Rock Lake event because many of the houses on the tour are Ju-Nel homes.

Ju-Nel Homes: Dallas Jewels of Mid-Century Modernism
April 23-May 28, 2010
Dallas Center for Architecture

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Tulsans Enjoy Another Mod Moment

Modern Tulsa's second Mod of the Moment event was quite a treat for the folks that attended.

From curbside the house looked moderately interesting. The only real hint this was a notable mid-mod abode was the carport in lieu of the usual garage. But once inside the magic happened. Small windows and ceiling lights featured butterflies and leaves encased within the glass. Terrazzo floors throughout and an open floorplan made this a worthy stop for this ongoing series of open houses. I've included a few photos to give you an idea of just how cool this house really is.

Mod Moments
The "Mod of the Moment" is a series of open house events showcasing modern and contemporary homes that on the market, or soon will be. These events are a great idea for a number of reasons.

First off, fans of these "unusual" homes get to tour them along with others who appreciate the contemporary aesthetic. It's not just camaraderie though- networking like this is fun and educational…

Modern Choices