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LIVE/Virtual Tour – Rethink Modern – Saturday, October 17th @ 10:30 am

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020
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The modern movement in architecture was all about looking forward instead of backward. Modernism emphasized form over ornament and embraced new materials and technologies. In this month’s LIVE/Virtual Tour series, TFA explores the beauty of glass, steel, and reinforced concrete as we look at some of our favorite examples of the modern movement in a city rich with fantastic midcentury architecture. We will wax nostalgic for a period in architecture that purposefully turned its back to nostalgia.

TFA LIVE/Virtual Tour: Rethink Modern

Adaptive reuse of small midcentury structures? Absolutely! Join TFA for a virtual tour of two wonderfully quirky, 50s-modern buildings that were designed with intention by Robert Buchner and have found new uses in the 21st century. The Ponca City Savings and Loan Building (1957) is now the Tulsa Center for Architecture and Design. It is both low-slung and soaring with its floating roof and stone base. The unique design of the former Engler Photo Supply Building (1958) is the perfect home base for Cubic, a Belo + Company full-service creative firm, and we can’t wait to show you what they’ve done with the place.

TFA virtual tours take place in real-time – they are not prerecorded. Tour guides stream live on-site, while tour-goers watch and participate from anywhere. Don’t let geography stop you from joining in a TFA tour! Your $10 tour ticket directly supports the nonprofit Tulsa Foundation for Architecture.


HOW TO WATCH: When you purchase a ticket, you’ll get a confirmation email from Eventbrite two hours before the tour that will include your Zoom link. Please make sure you have the latest version of Zoom installed on your computer, tablet, or phone. is the place to get it. 

WATCHING TOGETHER? Of course, we want you to watch with the other folks in your household!  

WEATHER POLICY: Thunderstorms and cameras aren’t a good mix. If forced to reschedule, we’ll email you the details at least two hours prior to the tour. 

MEMBER VOUCHERS: 2nd Saturday tour vouchers do not expire, so feel free to hang on to them for future in-person tours. Your vouchers can be used for virtual tours if you’d like.