Owning Art Deco: Bring Tulsa’s Rich Design History Into Your Home | Home & Garden
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Oxford is known for its Gothic Revival architecture. Tel Aviv stands out for its Bauhaus constructions. If you visit Budapest, you will come across some of the best examples of Art Nouveau design that exist.
But what is it that puts Tulsa on par with these great cities of the world? Art Deco.
Tulsa is world famous for its art deco architecture. Designed in Paris in 1925 and made in the United States in the 1930s, Art Deco, also known as modern art, is an architectural style known for its emphasis on sleek, clean designs signifying wealth, status and sophistication.
While the best of classic Tulsa art deco construction can be seen in places such as Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Will Rogers High School, and the Oklahoma Natural Gas Building, experts say certain elements of the art deco – clean lines, geometric shapes, rich colors reappear in modern interior design.
“I think people love art deco because it bridges the gap between contemporary and classical styles,” said William Franklin, founder of Decopolis, the Tulsa art deco museum. “It can be very simple and geometric or very ornate at the same time. One of the most fascinating things is when I find (art deco) stuff that was made almost 100 years ago, but still looks like it could be in a modern art gallery today. ‘hui.