Boston Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church

1301 S. Boston Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma


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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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 

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

Update Log 

  • February 8, 2018: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • August 5, 2010: New photo from Rick Mattioni