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Mosey Around Downtown

DevelopersMaking a Difference Two changemakers in Oklahoma’s development sector work to make downtown more liveable.  The future burns bright for Oklahoma’s two largest downtown city centers, despite pandemic challenges.  Jackie Price Johannsen, president of Tulsa’s Price Family Properties, has an up-close view of the action. “Downtown Tulsa changes daily – just drive around and you see cranes and construction,” she says. “It’s exciting...

An Ode to Downtown Tulsa

When Chuck Lamson and his wife, Leigh, went looking for a new home in Tulsa, they found the perfect residence in downtown’s East Village. The development, called Urban 8, features eight four-story townhouses that range from 2,700 to 3,500 square feet of living, entertaining and outdoor space.     Balconies line the terraces, offering expansive views of the city that...

A Fine Dining Renaissance

Photos by Nathan Harmon Downtown Tulsa’s Summit Club – perched on the top three floors of the Bank of America Center – is in the midst of a transformation so dazzling you’ll need to see it to believe. Over the last several months, the team has been hard at work renovating the space to draw more members and stay competitive...

Mixed-Use Mastery

A gleaming new building adjacent to ONEOK Field has brought a different type of retail and commercial space to downtown Tulsa. The officers of Vast Bank wanted “to do something for the city and, at the same time, get ourselves a new headquarters,” says Doug DeJarnette, a senior vice president and the director of commercial and private banking with...

A Fruitful Team Effort

There’s a grand, old rambling house nestled in verdant, sunny woods not far from Philadelphia. That’s where Ian Van Anglen’s grandparents live. “One of my earliest memories takes place there,” Van Anglen says. “My dad put me in a high chair next to a stockpot and told me, ‘Stir! Don’t stop stirring!’ I later found out it was Cajun roux....

A Phoenix Rising

For 67 years, the Tulsa Club was a downtown icon of wealth and sophistication. Beginning in 1927 as an elite gentleman’s club and designed by noted art deco architect Bruce Goff, the elegant building enjoyed an upscale reputation and clientele during Tulsa’s booming oil days. When the Tulsa Club opened with great ceremony, it became a playground for wealthy bankers,...

Life Beneath the Streets

Narrow tunnels beneath Tulsa’s and Oklahoma City’s downtowns are well-used – sometimes in ways the builders might never have envisioned. In Tulsa, 9-to-5ers can take some tunnels from parking garages to workplaces and ditch their umbrellas. The passageways aren’t much to admire, but serve a purpose in a city that, according to Tours of Tulsa company owner Kelly Gibson, “experiences...

What the (Deep) Deuce?

The Deep Deuce district, once the heart of Oklahoma City’s African-American community in early 20th century, has been brought back to life. Gone are the days when Northeast Second Street was filled with the syncopated rhythms of jazz pianos and saxophones. Today’s Deep Deuce has urban dwellers, businesses and chill-chic cafes. Along Walnut Street, nestled between two other of his...