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Introduction

Welcome to Oklahoma Built: a compendium of published research, archival materials and links to organizations that highlight the richness and diversity of Oklahoma’s built environment.  At its core is a bibliography of more than 800 entries – books, articles, internet links and more – on the people, places and buildings of architectural interest in our state.   From sod houses and ‘shotguns’ to a unique skyscraper and the prairie palaces of oil tycoons; from Victorian to Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern, Oklahoma Built aims to cover it all.

The scope of Oklahoma Built is broad - covering both the historic and the recent in equal measure.  This balance is deliberate.  The group Preservation Oklahoma ranks “Our Recent Past” as #2 on its annual list of Oklahoma’s most endangered public places.  Oklahoma Built is also broadly defined - covering not only what is traditionally thought of as “Architecture with a capital A,” but the entire spectrum of the built environment as well.  To that end, I’ve included entries on such diverse topics as the 101 Ranch,  airports, Native American dwellings and the Oklahoma City National Memorial, just to name a few.  

Please feel free to contact me with questions, additions or corrections so that this work continues to grow for the benefit of future users.             

Bibliography

Within the bibliography, the following conventions are used:

  • Generally, any wording in brackets [ ] is information I have added to clarify the subject or topic of that source.  
  • All place names are in Oklahoma unless otherwise noted, i.e. Miami and Orlando are small towns in Oklahoma rather than the more well known metropolitan areas in other states.
  • In the case of nationally or internationally recognized architects, i.e. Frank Lloyd Wright, the entries are limited to specific examples of the architect’s work in Oklahoma.   Monographs on the architect are listed if they include a chapter or significant coverage of an Oklahoma project.
  • Any building or site that has five or more entries gets its own section, and is linked to its corresponding geographic location and architect via the use of “See also” notes.  For example, the section on the Price Tower is linked to the sections on Bartlesville and Frank Lloyd Wright.