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Architecture tour stops featured in Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond

The 12th annual tour, organized by the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter, features seven stops.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm •  Published: April 6, 2013

The American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter will present the 12th annual Architecture Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13.

The self-guided tour includes homes and commercial buildings and is a highlight of Architecture Week, April 8-14.

Advance tickets are $12 through Thursday online at, or at Taparchitecture, 415 N Broadway; at the chapter office, 3535 N Classen Blvd; or at Space 20th Century Modern, 4408 N Western Ave. Tickets will be $15 at any tour stop the day of the tour.

Tour locations are:

• 7 at Crown Heights, 1000 NW 37.

7 at Crown Heights, owned by Brent Swift Design Build — architect Butzer Gardner Architects — is a jewel of the historic Crown Heights neighborhood. The original 1938 structure and its well-manicured grounds are now home to six luxurious modern residences, ranging from 1,100 to 1,350 square feet with one or two bedrooms.

Details, finishes and amenities celebrate the historic structure's crisp modern lines and proportions. This location was on last year's tour under construction; this year the finished project is featured.

• Underground Loft, 3200 Sexton Drive in Norman.

From an early-1900s dugout near Mangum to their passive solar home in Norman, a fourth-generation Oklahoma family has returned to the comfort, safety and cost effectiveness of an underground prairie home. Architects Mike and Mary Price bought the home, designed by Norman architect Joe Hylton, and employed Mike's uncle, Donald Price of Price Group Architects, to oversee the interior renovation.

The reinforced-concrete house, with 14 inches of soil and sod on its roof, most recently survived a wildfire while homes across the street were destroyed. This passive solar home combines regional sensibility with modern style and serves as a tornado shelter for family and friends.

• Woodland Residence, 1009 Woodland Drive in Norman.

The house, designed in the late 1940s with inspiration drawn from Bruce Goff and a resurgence of Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architectural tendencies, had become worn and overwhelmed by years of misunderstandings and ill-conceived modifications. It is now owned by Brent Swift. The architect for the project was Butzer Gardner Architects.

Through a series of incisions, removals, relocations and modest additions of opaque or perforated space, the parti of the L-shaped home and its nestled relationship to the outdoors and grand pecan in the front yard has been reestablished and invigorated. New internal-external spatial conditions are established or strengthened. A restored swimming pool and stone sunning deck toward the rear complement the landscape apron leading to a newly set entry door location.

• 430, 430 NW 12.

430, designed by Fitzsimmons Architects and owned by Midtown Renaissance, started as a nondescript two-story office building in 1955. It sat vacant for several years and the exterior slowly fell into disrepair. The bones of the building remained in good condition.

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