In the Know

Thirty-four (34) states have a state historic tax credit program that can be used in tandem with the federal program. Just as architecture and accents vary by state, so do the historic tax credit programs....


Wabi-Sabi 4

This space is wabi-sabi incarnate. Getting ready for a gentle freshening! Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that celebrates authenticity and finds beauty in the patina of age.   ...


Adventures in Preservation

Many thanks to Dave Boux and Brad Bruce and APT-Central Plains for the fabulous tour of the Plasterkraft & Mural Masters workshop. Dave and Brad dazzled us with their artistry, craftsmanship, and wit while demonstrating...

In the Know

There was a time when you could buy anything from a catalog, even a house. You may be familiar with Sears' kit houses, but did you know Topeka, Kansas had their very own mail-order catalog...

Cuba for website 1

Wabi-Sabi 3

There is an adage in the historic preservation world that poverty is a great preserver. This is a corollary to “do no harm.” A recent trip to Cuba brought these sayings to mind. Limited access...

Folgers Boiler for website

Wabi-Sabi 2

We love that the cast iron boiler front was reinstalled in the entry foyer as part of the Roaster's Block apartment conversion. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese concept that celebrates authenticity and finds beauty in the patina...

Wabi Sabi Bartlesville for website

Wabi-Sabi 1

Why do we love what we do? One thing we hear over and over is that "they don't build them like they used to" and "you can't beat the character of an old building." Or, to...


Kemper Arena

KEMPER ARENA Every National Register nomination teaches us something new - about architecture, events, communities, people, and our shared history. Kemper Arena was no exception. It is a very specific type of building constructed at a...

International Harvester Building. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The IMPACT of state tax credits in Oklahoma

The IMPACT of state tax credits in Oklahoma Last month the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture released an economic impact study of the Oklahoma historic tax credit prepared by PlaceEconomics. The study documented the overwhelming fiscal impact...