Tulsa Oklahoma – Gay Culture in an Art Deco City

Tulsa, Oklahoma is a big, bustling city of nearly 400,000 with a sizable gay population.  Although the city is reminiscent of the Wild West, it is a huge cultural hub that is also home to unique neighborhoods with stunning Art Deco architecture.  There are thousands of corporate, public and apartment buildings in this city that are known for being intact examples of the Art Deco era including the streamlined and zigzag styles of home design.

The city of Tulsa is very proactive about preserving buildings in Art Deco neighborhoods.  Tulsa was at the height of its prosperity during the Roaring Twenties, which was when the Art Deco movement first became very popular.  The skyscrapers in Tulsa are almost surreal in appearance; they look like the type of buildings you would find in an old Batman comic strip.   Numerous buildings have this fantastic look including the Boston Avenue Methodist Church, the Will Rogers High School and many service stations, restaurants and grand office buildings.  If you manage to find an art deco style home in Tulsa then you are purchasing a home that is likely to appreciate nicely in value as the art deco homes tend to be located in very nice neighborhoods with amenities and gardens administered by the Tulsa Preservation Commission.  There is very strict Historic Preservation Zoning in Tulsa so that beautiful old Art Deco diner will never turn into a Starbucks or an ugly strip mall.

The famous Route 66 runs straight through Tulsa and this is where you will see the old Art Deco motor inns, diners, service stations and travel courts with neon signs.  Neighborhoods flanking Route 66 have the most concentration of homes still standing that are in the process of renovation or about t be renovated.   Along the highway the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County have dedicated a lot of money through Vision 2025 for the Route 66 Master Plan to completely restore and regenerate this area economically.  This is a good area to invest in as property now is cheap and will also rise in value in the future as the neighborhood is rehabilitated over the next decade.  There is $558.5 million allocated already to the developers and property owners as part of the Vision 2025 project and the money is going to continue to flow into the propagation of area improvements for years to come.

More affordable than the Art Deco treasures are the small bungalows and WWII era cottages that line many of the city’s streets. Usually these are found in the single-family neighborhoods.  However most of the LGBT night-life and action is centered in the downtown core of Tulsa.  To find out more about where art deco neighborhoods are being fixed up in Tulsa consult with a gay realtor who can also direct you to the most LGBT-friendly neighborhoods to live in.  If you want to find out more about the city’s architectural and housing missions, attractions and parts then go to the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce site at www.Tulsachamber.com.

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