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Oklahoma preservation officials recognize new listings on National Register of Historic Places

Recognition of properties ranging from a 19th-century cemetery to pre-statehood homes to historic districts in Tulsa and Norman came at the annual statewide preservation conference held this year in Tahlequah, OK.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 23, 2012

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.”

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