Tulsa Architecture

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Oklahoma Weather, Trifusion Foundation Repair Events, Trifusion News | Comments Off on Tulsa Architecture

Tulsa Architecture

Did you know that Tulsa has one of the largest Art Deco districts in the country?  It makes sense: at the turn of the century, Tulsa was a booming oil metropolis.  But our beautiful downtown is only the beginning of a century’s worth of expansion, in the form of neighborhoods that spread out like tree rings, each one an architectural time capsule.

Most of Tulsa Metro’s residential areas were built between the 20s and 50s; the further Southeast you go, the newer the homes get.  Tulsa Metro, also known as midtown, includes (but is not limited to) neighborhoods like Cherry Street, The Pearl District, Kendall-Whittier, Riverparks, and Patrick Henry.  A lot of these areas were built before Zink Dam was put in on the Arkansas River, and flooding was even more of a problem than it is now (my mother remembers having severe flood damage in her home during the mid-50s, two blocks in from Riverside).  Consequently, many of these homes are going to be on crawl spaces.  The same holds true for the neighborhoods that extend North from downtown, where neighborhoods like Brady Heights, Greenwood, and North Cheyenne have seen restoration and revitalization, including the addition of “Historic” to their monikers.

It wasn’t until the 60s and 70s that Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, and our various other suburbs started seeing significant growth, eventually blending seamlessly with Tulsa Metro.  South of 1-44 and East of Sheridan, South Tulsa and surrounding neighborhoods are largely slab foundations.  Contractors had found that in regions with water tables as high as ours, slab foundations were better for preventing moisture damage to the homes sitting on top of them.

Regardless of where you live, I think we can all agree: we wouldn’t have our slice of urban sprawl any other way.