Thursday, February 23, 2006

Rose Bowl Has Been Sold

According to Steve Berg's news report, this unique Route 66 icon has been purchased by businessman/neighbor Sam Baker. One condition of the sale by AMF (owners of Sheridan Lanes) is that it will not be used for bowling anymore.

I'm happy to see that there is no intention of tearing it down. According to the KOTV article, the new owner has said "It's a great landmark here on Route 66. It's a great architectural piece of work. We're really not considering knocking it down. We really think it's too nice a building to knock down at this point." Hopefully, someday they'll re-purpose this landmark for another public function that we can all enjoy.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Oral Roberts University In Decay

As much of the ORU campus reaches 40 years old, many of the post-modern buildings and fountains are really showing their age.

Lost Tulsa visitor Trey Callaway passed on these great photos with the following comments:

"...even though it isn't technically lost yet - an old Tulsa
pal of mine named Craig Thurston (now living in Chicago) just went
back to T-Town for a funeral a couple months ago and thankfully
accepted my suggestion that he take a few moments to go shoot some
amateur photos of the ORU campus, which I had heard was falling into
major disrepair. I suppose it was probably some kind of sacrilege,
but as South Tulsa brats, we often used to go there at night during
our junior high days with packs of other kids to play hide and seek
among the "Jetsonian" 64 World's Fair influenced architecture that
stood out like no buildings in town.

As you can see from a few of the attached photos, however, the place
is really starting to look like an unholy mess (bad pun, I know) and
I honestly wonder how much longer it will be before at least some of
its memorable structures wind up being added to the list of Lost
Tulsa sites. Kinda has that Heritage USA feel about it, no?"

Since I was also a South Tulsan as a kid, I spent my fair share of time over on this campus, and it truly was like visiting Six Flags Over Jesus. I can only imagine how much fun it must have been to play hide and seek as a preteen, using these buildings as backdrop. It's a very unique place. These pics definitely make me want to schedule some time to head south and see a bit of the decline firsthand.