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Dwell in the IDL Showcases Downtown Living

TFA offers Tulsa a look into the lives of urban residents with “Dwell in the IDL” tour.

Dwell in the IDL will showcase downtown living through adaptive reuse and creative new construction within the Inner Dispersal Loop. Seven properties will be on display Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Participants will see everything from an upscale loft in an historic Art Deco skyscraper, to cutting-edge eco-conscious new construction.

View a map of the tour stops…

One tour stop even features a sneak-peak of the Downtown YMCA, showcasing the early stages of rehabilitation in a Mid-Century Modern building. Hard hats will be provided!

Across downtown in the Greenwood District, the newly-constructed GreenArch demonstrates the smart use of vacant land to meet the demand for downtown housing. Tour-goers will also take a trip through a darker part of Tulsa’s history to see a recently converted live-work space at the May Rooms. This Blue Dome District home and salon still displays remnants of its former life as a notorious brothel that operated from the 1930s to the 1970s in what was then considered Skid Row.

“If you want to explore downtown and experience living in an urban environment, Dwell in the IDL is a must-see event,” says TFA Trustee Cassandra Peters.

Dwell in the IDL will take place November 10, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Tour passports must be picked up at Dwelling Spaces, 119 S. Detroit Avenue, between 1:00 pm and  3:00 pm on the day of the tour.

Tour passports are $20 per person (children 12 and under free) and may be purchased at Dwelling Spaces or online at Your passport will not be mailed. Those who purchase passes at Dwelling Spaces are automatically entered to win unique prizes selected by Dwelling Spaces owner, Mary Beth Babcock.

For up-to-the-minute information and to share your photos follow the event on Facebook.


November 12, 2013— The response to our tour was off the charts. So much in fact we ran out of tour books! Our projection was for 250-300 participants, but more than twice that attended! 

We would like to thank the nearly 700 people who made this event a rousing success. Especially those of you who had to endure a very long line. Our volunteers were caught scrambling to make more guide books and accommodate everyone who showed up. Thank you.