Saturday, June 24, 2006

Blue Dome District Development Stirrings

Life continues to creep slowly back into downtown Tulsa. The recent opening of the Blue Dome Diner (and Rt. 66 Road House) as well as the extended run of the very popular Lion King at the PAC have things hopping down at the Blue Dome District. More and more new businesses are opening along East 2nd, near the former gas station that gives the district it's name. In addition to the college bar, classic cooking and live music, there is a planned conversion of a old warehouse into loft apartments. This is a good sign, as more residential is needed in this fast growing area.

The Blue Dome is one of my favorite examples of Tulsa's Art Deco. From the Tulsa Preservation Commission:

The Blue Dome was built in 1924 and served as a Gulf Oil Station. This was the first station in Oklahoma to have hot water, pressurized air and a car wash. It was also open 24 hours, seven days a week. The station attendant lived upstairs in the dome itself.

It's great to see some positive development being made in this area of town, neighboring this unique building. Maybe some of those huge flat parking lots will be overtaken by some well-designed new construction as well.

KTUL reporter Jerry Giordano recently wrote a story about the changes that are bringing more entertainment options to this part of Tulsa.

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