TAHLEQUAH — The Oklahoma Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office recognized Oklahoma's latest listings on the National Register of Historic Places at the recent statewide preservation conference.
Properties recognized were:
• Sheets House: The house, in Newkirk, “is an outstanding local example of the Queen Anne style, popular across the United States from 1880 to 1910,” preservation officials said. “This residence retains the distinctive characteristics of the Queen Anne style including the steeply pitched roof with a dominant front-facing gabled, patterned shingles, and a wraparound porch with elaborate spindle work.
• Sophian Plaza: Sophian Plaza “is significant as the only example of Italian Renaissance style as applied to a multifamily building in Tulsa,” officials said. “It was the first high-rise apartment building constructed in Tulsa. Its striking appearance and height were in direct response to the surrounding neighborhood and planned to be highly visible from the city's busy thoroughfares. The Sophian Plaza also provided housing for wealthy Tulsans moving from the city core and played a significant role in the early suburbanization of Tulsa.”
• Thomas Community Building: The building, in downtown Thomas, “is significant within the economic context of (1930s) Works Progress Administration projects in Thomas and within the architectural context of Works Progress Administration construction locally,” officials said.
• Downtown Norman Historic District: “As the core of the central business district, this area has been the center of commercial development in Norman from shortly after its founding in 1889 to the present,” officials said. “The vast majority of construction in the area was completed by 1960, with most commercial construction activity after this time being in the form of renovations and a small number of infill construction projects.”
• Tulsa Civic Center Historic District: A collection of Mid-Century Modern-style buildings begun in the 1920s and continued through the 1960s until the Civic Center was built in 1969. The group of Tulsa architects who planned the center cooperatively was given a national American Institute of Architects award for their planning process, which was copied by other cities.
Other new listings recognized were:
• Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education Historic District, buildings in the Modern style of the early 1960s, on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman.
• Blue Dome Historic District east of downtown Tulsa.
• Carselowey House, a Colonial Revival-style home dating to the early 1900s in Vinita.
• Chandler Baseball Camp, the only camp of its type in Oklahoma, operating 41 years from 1957, in Chandler.
• Dobson Family House in Miami, OK.
• Frazer Cemetery, in old Greer County, Texas, now Jackson County in southwest Oklahoma. Site of the town of Frazer, founded in 1891 but abandoned due to flooding in 1893 when residents then founded Altus 2 miles east.
• Elmer and Lela Garnett House, a home in a style derivative of Mission Revival, in Altus.
• Heerwald Site in Custer County, representing a village of the Turkey Creek phase of people in the years 1200-1450 in the Washita River Basin.
• Joyce House, near Snyder, designed in 1960 by Herb Greene, as an example of organic architecture.
• Knippelmier Farmstead, near Minco, as a representative example of the farmsteads constructed by German families after statehood.
• Phillips 66 Station No. 1423 in Chandler, symbolic of Route 66 across the state and an outstanding example of a cottage-style Phillips 66 gas station.
• Santa Fe Depot in Ponca City.