Light the night
Tulsa’s skyline is one-of-a-kind.
Tulsa’s skyline is one-of-a-kind. At night, the illumination not only highlights the world-famous Art Deco buildings, but also celebrates the city today.
1. Transok Building
The exterior was dark for 20 years before Stuart Price of Price Family Properties invested in the property in 2013 and lit up not only the 1929 structure, but also other Price properties. LED lights allow for a brighter, more efficient illumination, and more are to come.
“All the property owners are very proud of how illumination adds to the skyline,” he says. Lights are just part of the metamorphosis of downtown, according to Price, whose 13-building portfolio has seen exterior improvements such as lights, flowerbeds and alleyway safety precautions.
Along with illuminating his downtown properties, Price has committed to flying the American flag. As of press time, Old Glory flies at six Price buildings, with more on the way.
2. First Place Tower
One of Tulsa’s tallest buildings is illuminated year-round, but different lighting effects can be programmed for national holidays, meaningful causes and events. “Often, we will coordinate with the lighting on the Empire State Building, especially in the event of a national or international tragedy that allows us to show support from Tulsa,” says Pierce Norton, president and CEO of ONEGas, which is headquartered in the building.
“As the leader of a natural gas distribution company, I’m partial to our blue motion lights that reflect a burning natural gas flame. I’m also a fan of the American flag sequence, as I’m grateful for any chance we get to support our service men and women.”
3. 320 S. Boston Building
BAM Properties reintroduced colored lights to the exterior of this historic building in celebration of the structure’s centennial. “It was a way to honor the history of the building in a small way that is meaningful to Tulsans,” says BAM Properties’ developer Chris Bumgarner. In 1967, the building’s cupola became a weather beacon, with colored lights communicating the forecast to Tulsans. Illumination used a tremendous amount of energy at the time, and the economic effects of the 1973 OPEC embargo forced the building’s lights off for years. Today the lights can be remotely controlled via an iPhone, Bumgarner says.
4. Kennedy Building
Although the 10-story building itself isn’t illuminated in any special way, Bumgarner says lights atop the roof illuminate other structures, like the Mid-Continent Tower.
5. Adams Hotel
Built in 1928, this terra cotta-veneered building recently came into the Price Family Properties portfolio. By the end of October, the structure will be illuminated by flood lights at night.
6. Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Exterior lighting is coordinated with performances, holidays and special events, like June’s rainbow effect for Pride festivities, according to PAC Marketing Director Adam Foreman. “We delight in adding to the illuminating atmosphere of nightlife in Tulsa,” he says. “Our building is expertly lit up by our theater technicians. Overall, the ability to give the patrons something just a little extra as they leave the theater is a pure pleasure for us.”