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Owners of Oklahoma City's Stage Center decline listing on National Register of Historic Places

by Richard Mize Published: April 13, 2013
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Beffort said the foundation worried that a National Register listing would hamstring work on the property and could make it harder to sell.

Renovations done involving federal rehabilitation investment tax credits come with scrutiny, but mere listing on the register does not, said Melvena Heisch, deputy state historic preservation officer. Listing on the National Register usually is seen as enhancing the value of historic property, she said.

“It helps make the general public and community leaders and decision-makers aware of the property, and such increased awareness can cause people to ascribe value to the property,” according to a State Historic Preservation Office handout on the National Register process. “The attitudes of local citizens and officials are key to a successful preservation effort.”

Two new listings

• Founders Tower — originally United Founders Life Tower — at 5900 Mosteller Drive was listed for its architectural merit.

“It is a highly individual mid-twentieth-century high-rise building that showcases a limited time frame in which recent technological developments and the freedom to experiment in architecture gave rise to rare building forms and details, as exemplified in the folded plate roof system and unusual slender decagonal form of this tower, plus its cantilevered balconies,” according to the State Historic Preservation Office. “The unusual form of this building responds very well to its relatively isolated location at one of the highest elevations in the region, highly visible from nearby freeways and Lake Hefner.

“It helped to catalyze the development of the northwest side of Oklahoma City and facilitated the development of other high-rise buildings in the vicinity. United Founders Life Tower was a singular work of an architectural firm of regional renown and it displays innovative framing techniques as well as being an early example of design-build construction.”

• Acre Family Barn, near Canton in Blaine County, also was listed.

“(It) is an example of a Transverse-crib barn dating to (about) 1916. The traditional floor plan of a Transverse-crib barn is simple: a central aisle running parallel to the ridgeline flanked on both sides by a row of three or more square cribs, which — individually or in combination — serve as stalls, granaries, or storage space,” the agency said. “A haymow or ‘loft' for hay and/or grain storage is above ground level. A wagon door is in one or both gable ends of the barn. The Acre Family Barn was listed for its architectural merit because it demonstrates the distinctive features of the Transverse-crib barn as it has been adapted for use in Oklahoma.”

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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