Boston Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church

1301 S. Boston Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Boston Avenue Methodist Church, 1930

Photo from the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society.

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Description 

The Boston Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church is architecturally significant in four areas. First, it is an outstanding example of the Art Deco style; second, it exemplifies the period's trend toward the application of new structural materials--steel--to the construction of a particular type of building, the skyscraper, providing a rare example of an architect's application of this concept and material to a religious facility; third, it exemplifies an emerging trend in the functional design of churches--that being the elevation of educational facilities to an almost equal prominence with the sanctuary or worship center itself; and fourth, it is significant for the architect's use of artistic productions, in the form of terra-cotta sculptures created by sculptor Robert Garrison for the building's exterior. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, January 20, 1999

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 31, 1978
Reference number
78002270
Areas of significance
Art; Architecture
Levels of significance
State; Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Religious structure; Church school
Current functions
Religious structure; Church school
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant year
1929

Update Log 

  • August 5, 2010: New photo from Rick Mattioni