Michael Total: Tulsa’s ‘final Artwork Deco constructing’ will quickly flip into luxurious lofts except somebody has a greater thought of native information
Even if Art Deco went out of fashion, Senter and Foster designed the building according to what they said at the time, “with a view to the future”.
“In many years”, it says in the building brochure, “it will still be bright and attractive.”
You were right. Even after standing empty for at least a couple of decades, the Arco has never turned into an eyesore like other abandoned landmarks have. A passerby may not even notice that it is empty.
In 2010, Tulsa developer Jim Hawkins showed off a fully furnished model apartment in the building for pre-sale condominiums. But apparently he couldn’t find enough buyers to keep the project going.
Two years later, Oklahoma City’s Wiggin Properties announced plans to convert the building into lofts. But here, too, the project never came about.
Now downtown developer Stuart Price owns the building and is adding it to a portfolio that includes more than a dozen properties in the central business district. He was responsible for converting the historic Transok building into lofts in 2016 and that year opened the upscale 111 lofts on Fifth Street and Boulder Avenue. And his company, Price Family Properties, recently started work on the old Oil Capital Building near Fifth Street and Main Street to turn it into affordable housing.