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The Lortondale architecture was certainly unique, at least for Tulsa. Slab-on-grade construction with HVAC ductwork in the slab, extremely low pitched or flat roofs, and open floor plans were all new for Tulsa and this part of the US in early 1954. All Lortondale homes featured combo living/dining rooms at the rear of the house with expansive floor to ceiling glass walls looking out onto the back yard. Exposed ceiling beams in living and bedrooms (depending upon roof pitch), mahogany paneled walls, modern kitchens with the new (for 1954) Formica laminate countertops in both kitchens and bathrooms were all the latest in modern design at the time. Every Lortondale home also featured a built-in Hotpoint automatic dishwasher, another luxury usually seen in only high priced homes of the era. (from lortondale.com)

Written by:
Stephen Edlich
25-Year Lortondale Resident
4962 East 26 Street
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    Rex Ball,FAIA, AICP15. Jan, 2008 at 5:44 am #

    I think that Ed Sharer’s OU Master Thesis is our best resource to date. Soon we should have the submittal to the Dept. of Interior [SHIPO} for National Resigister status.

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    shane hood16. Jan, 2008 at 10:32 am #

    yes Ed’s thesis is incredible, i will get the link to PDF of his thesis and attach above.

    we are shooting to have our registery status by October, just in time for the NTHP Conference.

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    cole20. Sep, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Steve – I’ve added your information to this post. Thank you for correcting us and we appreciate the use of your copy.

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    Court Newkirk19. Nov, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I’m moving into a house in lortondale this weekend (nov 19, 2010) and I’m looking forward to meeting the neighbors. I used to run the second largest historical district in the United States, so if I can ever be of service to your group let me know.

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    Kathi Hromas05. Dec, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    My daughter and her boyfriend bought a home in Lortondale a year ago.
    They have gone to great lengths to remain respectful of the original intent and their place is beautiful. A friend in Tulsa said she had seen a cocktail table book on Lortondale somewhere. I have not been able to locate it. Do you have any ideas about this book? If it exists I would like to buy it for a gift. Also, where would I access the thesis written by Ed Sharer?

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    hood20. Jan, 2011 at 10:52 am #


    I am unaware of coffee table book on Lortondale. That would be shocking, yet welcome news. The largest concentration of knowledge on the neighborhood currently lives here in the neighborhood and none of us know about it, it might be the Historic Tulsa Homes book series. You should be able google Ed’s name and search for his thesis that way.

    Where does your daughter and her boyfriend live?

    shane hood

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