Designing Tulsa: Oil Capital Architects

Designing Tulsa: Oil Capital Architects

OCTOBER 2015 – MARCH 2017

From early in the city’s history Tulsa has been home to many artists and designers who have helped build the community. The oil boom and resulting influx of money and people into Tulsa resulted in building up and out and creating a number of noteworthy buildings of all sizes and styles. From the well-known Art Deco structures to Mid-Century Modern gems and groundbreaking International Style buildings, Tulsa’s architects have been on the forefront of changing designs.

In partnership with the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, this exhibit spotlights ten Tulsa architects of the 20th Century who are responsible for some of the city’s spectacular design history. Some names are well-known to many Tulsans; others you may be learning about for the first time. Each contributed something unique to the community. Artifacts representing these architects and their buildings will help share stories of Tulsa’s past through the walls and decoration that adorn the city.

Featured architects include: Arthur Atkinson, Robert Buchner, John Duncan Forsyth, Bruce Goff, Donald Honn, Blaine Imel, Joseph Koberling, Donald McCormick, Murray Jones Murray (Lee Murray, Robert L. Jones, David Murray), and Leon Senter.

  • Lortondale artifacts
  • Airport Administration Building, c. 1950
Courtesy Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa
  • Civic Center Plaza Model
Courtesy Tulsa Foundation for Architecture
  • Leon Senter Rendering
Courtesy Tulsa Foundation for Architecture
  • Magazines featuring Bruce Goff
  • Lortondale Home
  • Tulsa City-County Library
Courtesy Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • Tulsa Club Original Entrance
  • Will Rogers High School
Courtesy Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa
  • Designing Tulsa


For more information about the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (TFA) click here.