New and shiny just didn’t suit Thomas Small at all.
Old and shined up? Old, historical and restored? Just the ticket — and it’s one of architect Small’s calling cards: historic preservation.
Small Architects’ own office building is a model for the firm’s work. The 108-year-old, two-story stone building in downtown Edmond — originally a jewelry store downstairs and funeral parlor up — is one of eight stops Saturday on the 13th-annual Architecture Tour organized by the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter.
The self-guided tour is from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets for the entire tour are $15 at any stop.
Small bought the building at 108 S Broadway Ave., just off the northeast corner of Broadway and Second Street, in 2011. By 2013, it was completely rehabilitated inside and out. An architectural studio for professional staff is upstairs. Reception, administrative offices and a 14-seat conference room occupy the ground floor.
The project “honors the past by preserving traditional materials throughout the building contrasted with new, modern features that allow the professional staff access to professional facilities, equipment and connectivity,” tour organizers said.
Small said a good chunk of his work is with historic properties.
“It’s an ideal fit for our firm because it’s a historical building. We recognized that opportunity and wanted to renovate it to suit our purposes for our staff and our equipment and everything that we do,” he said. “I’d say approximately 15 to 20 percent of our work is working for the Oklahoma Historical Society or private industry, looking at historic buildings, (working with) tax credit requirements and preservation standards. We help quite a few of our clients in this area.”
Architects look forward to the tour and the opportunity it gives the public to closely examine their work, he said.
Other stops are:
Walters Home — 6219 Riviera Drive, owned by former Gov. David and Rhonda Walters. The renovation architect for the project was James Loftis Architects. The 7,800-square-foot home, built in 1963, is a former home of deep gas pioneer Robert A. Hefner III.
• 430 Lofts — 430 NW 12, owned by Midtown Renaissance Group. The architect is Fitzsimmons Architects. The nondescript two-story office building constructed in 1955 was converted to apartments and a third story added, increasing the area from 14,160 to 22,336 square feet.
Calvary Baptist Church — 300 N Walker, owned by Joy and Dan Davis. The architect is MODA. The building went on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 based on architectural and cultural significance for its pivotal role in the civil rights movement in Oklahoma City. Converted to office use for Dan Davis Law Firm.
Guardian Lofts — 1117 N Robinson Ave., owned by Midtown Renaissance Group. The architect for the project is Fitzsimmons Architects. The 90-year-old, 40,000-square-foot historic warehouse was an adaptive-reuse project now with 37 apartments and a ground-level restaurant.
• Kliewer Home — 2801 NE 120. “The Restoration of an Icon” refers to both the status of the residence as an AIA Award-winning design in 1970 as well as the status of the original designer and inhabitant, architect George Seminoff. The home is owned by Brent Kliewer and Fitzsimmons Architects is the restoration architect.
• Mass Home — 1721 NE 63, owned by Duane and Robin Mass and designed by Mass Architects Inc. A small frame cottage was expanded and transformed into a family home on 5 acres of Persimmon Hill.
• Hart Building — 726 W Sheridan, owned Hart Partners, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris LLC. The former home of Hart Industrial Supply Co. was restored and combined with new elements to create a mixed-use workplace, including 40,000 square feet of Class A office space.