Shulman's visit started with an inquiry by Lynne Rostochil, who had discovered Shulman's photos of First Christian Church, which had been designed by her grandfather R. Duane Conner.
"We began looking at all the photos he had done, and we were amazed at the work he had done here,” Rostochil said.
Good design isn't always obvious
Although much of his career was spent in the west, Shulman completed 60 projects in Oklahoma. Butzer said efforts are now under way to borrow some of the photos and display them locally. But not all of the Oklahoma photos feature what one might think of as great architecture. Shulman laughs as he recalls how his shot of 30 urinals along a wall at Tulsa's then new American Airlines plant ended up being used as a double-page advertisement in Architectural Record.
"The advertisement was so dramatic — who ever runs a two-page advertisement of urinals?” Shulman said. "And the Crane Company was filled with work — architects saw the advertisement, were impressed with the importance of the project and then everyone was calling the distributors. They got so much business from that advertisement — you wouldn't believe it.”
Shulman said it was his pleasure to share what he saw in Oklahoma with the rest of the world.
"Oklahoma is very much alive, architecturally,” Shulman said. "Oklahoma is not unknown.”