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#1 Austin55


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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:05 AM

Tulsa was the first stop on a Fort Worth-St. Louis roadtrip my Dad and I took this summer. Spent the afternoon there, just walking around Downtown and Oral Roberts University. I think the entire few hours we were there, we same maybe 20 people. The streets are amazingly empty. Not even much road traffic. Maybe it was because it was a Tuesday at 5 P.M. and 102 degrees outside, but we were the only ones for the most part.
In comparison to Fort Worth, Tulsa's downtown overall has a few "prettier" buildings, the skyline and pre-50's buildings are just beautiful, I'm extremely jealous of them. There is an extreme amount of density, there are about 3 intersections that are really nice canyons of skyscrapers, and on the outside the skyline looks great. It isnt as spaced out as Fort Worth's. I don't think there is really a single whole block building. But beyond that, nothing. As you see, I think I took one picture that had other people walking. One! And one of those people is my Dad. There are no trees, interesting storefronts, or really nice plaza's or public gathering spaces. It has so much potential to be a really fantastic Downtown. 
Pelli is Awesome, the BOK Center is awesome. I'd love Pelli to do something on Fort Worth, but I hope not a stadium. Street level sucks the life out of the sidewalk.
Starting out, Oral Robert's University and the Cityplex Towers. A very interesting complex, and comparatively empty. Just sort off spouts out of the middle of some sprawl. Very interesting religious stuff going on here. 
Cityplex by Micro55, on Flickr
Cityplex by Micro55, on Flickr
Cityplex by Micro55, on Flickr
Edges by Micro55, on Flickr
Cityplex by Micro55, on Flickr
Epcot by Micro55, on Flickr
Garden of Eden by Micro55, on Flickr
Angles by Micro55, on Flickr
Back towards downtown
Really beautiful buildings, it's clear they take historic preservation seriously. That said, It was still fairly empty, and I didn't see any restraunts, stores or theaters or anything that looked all that interesting.
DSCN0069 by Micro55, on Flickr
DSCN0053 by Micro55, on Flickr
DSCN0052 by Micro55, on Flickr
DSCN0049 by Micro55, on Flickr
DSCN0048 by Micro55, on Flickr
DSCN0045 by Micro55, on Flickr
DSCN0044 by Micro55, on Flickr
DSCN0038 by Micro55, on Flickr
DSCN0037 by Micro55, on Flickr
BOK Center by Micro55, on Flickr
Tulsa Skyline by Micro55, on Flickr
DSCN0028 by Micro55, on Flickr
Cutting Edge by Micro55, on Flickr
City in a Park by Micro55, on Flickr
Memories by Micro55, on Flickr
Downtown by Micro55, on Flickr
Back in time by Micro55, on Flickr
This little row of three buildings is so amazing. Please, can we just move these to Fort Worth? I'd like that. Mid Continent is no doubt one of my favorite buildings.
Care to share? by Micro55, on Flickr
Tulsa by Micro55, on Flickr
Standing Gaurd. by Micro55, on Flickr
Up by Micro55, on Flickr
Hope everyone enjoyed :) I hope to go back one day if anything new develops! Good luck Tulsa, you have so much potential.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:03 PM

Thanks for posting these pictures.  I've never been to Tulsa, but always wondered what it looked like.  I think I've heard it's a comparatively wealthy city.  The quality of the architecture seems to demonstrate that.  Oral Roberts University reminds me a bit of Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York.  

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:04 PM

I think there is another thread on Tulsa photographs here on the forum.

I agree with you in that the downtown seemed rather dead when I was there. I will also agree with you in that there are several beautiful buildings that were built before 1950. Their downtown does have a lot of potential.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:19 PM

The Cityplex buildings are quite odd.  I spent a lot of time in Tulsa when I was growing up because I have cousins that live there.  I went back 3 years ago for the first time since I was a teenager and we stayed in the Marriott right across the street from Cityplex and ORU.  I remember seeing the buildings when I was younger, but on my last visit I really noticed how big and oddly placed they are.  They were built as a hospital and med school for the university, but are now repurposed as office space.  I remember hearing not long ago that less than half of the complex is occupied and only a few of the lower floors of the 30 story tower are still in use.  My last trip was an overnight visit for a wedding, so I didn't have time to venture downtown.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

Cool photos, Austin!

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 08:00 AM

I went to Tulsa a couple of weeks ago.  I only had about an hour there to take some photos:


18285424293_59cf3a9e69_z.jpgFirst Church of Christ Scientist by Dave Matthews, on Flickr


18874167836_7f9840852d_z.jpgBok Center by Dave Matthews, on Flickr


18277875894_de3b4bb8e7_z.jpgOld time religion by Dave Matthews, on Flickr


18712748728_014efa7df5_z.jpgLumped together by Dave Matthews, on Flickr


18712754988_67957c3e50_z.jpgPage Belcher Federal Building by Dave Matthews, on Flickr


18767796418_fb88a146f2_z.jpgWarehouse Market by Dave Matthews, on Flickr


18769257059_33277db955_z.jpgTales from the YMCA by Dave Matthews, on Flickr


18767800488_48a186ca6a_z.jpgOld and new by Dave Matthews, on Flickr


18769261709_679f501d53_z.jpgA tall tale by Dave Matthews, on Flickr


18942288951_5144fba5f2_z.jpgThe Blue Dome by Dave Matthews, on Flickr

#7 Austin55


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 10:32 PM

Looks like it still has the feel of a well maintained post apocalyptic city. Not much life to it. Has so much potential to. 



I remember standing in the plaza of the BoK tower when there, the city offices are in a glass tower to the north. The tower uses a robotic window washed, like a giant spinning squeegee on ropes. It was the only thing moving. Was so odd. 

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 04:05 PM

I have clients there and I've always thought Tulsa was a much better city than it's neighbor to the southwest.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 05:00 PM

Nice photos dangr.dave!


I'm surprised you didn't get a photo of the AT&T building which is a nice complement to our own!

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