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“Goff on the Lawn”

Riverside Studio (Spotlight Theater) Cry Baby Hill Race Open House & Bruce Goff Puppet Display. Informal Tours of Riverside Studio (Spotlight Theater) at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (Donations Accepted).

Join Goff Fest, the Spotlight Theater and the Riverside Studio community for an open house event during the Tulsa Tough Cry Baby Hill races. Riverside Studio opens to the public for prime race viewing and an architecturally-inspiring cooling station  throughout the race day. A cash bar is available and Goff Fest presents a front of house display of the eight foot tall Bruce Goff puppet created by J. Preston Witt.

Built for Patti Adams Shriner in 1928, this is the only building Bruce Goff created in the International Style, largely because Shriner fashioned herself as a contemporary of the many European musicians and artists of the time. Built as both a home and a studio where Shriner could teach piano and host performances and recitals, the building is now the home to the longest-running theatrical experience in America, the weekly performance of the Drunkard at the Spotlight Theater. In addition to the iconic stucco exterior and flat roof, the building is known for its large glass circular window that faces the Arkansas River. Goff tapped the artist Olinka Hrdy to create murals for the building, inspired by the seven muses. Shriner agreed to work with Hrdy as long as there was no reference to jazz music, which she hated. Hrdy, snuck the letters “J-A-Z-Z” into the design of the murals to only show up in certain light. Another unique post-construction feature of the building is a hand-dug tunnel underneath the building created by the theater in the 1960s to allow actors to move from the front of the auditorium to the back of the stage without having to go outside.

  • The Riverside Studio (Spotlight Theater)

  • 1381 Riverside Dr., Tulsa, OK

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture “Sneak a Peek: The Tulsa Club Hotel”

Tulsa boasts a wide variety of impressive buildings throughout the city – many of which few people have an opportunity to see inside. The goal of TFA’s SNEAK-A-PEEK program is to give those who love architecture and history an opportunity to see behind the doors of Tulsa’s most interesting buildings through self-guided exploration with accompanying written information about the property’s history.

This SNEAK-A-PEEK features the architecturally distinctive Tulsa Club Hotel in partnership with Goff Fest!

Designed by renowned Art Deco architect Bruce Goff and constructed in 1927, the 11-floor, 92,000-square-foot high-rise featured unique and intricate designs. Club members enjoyed ornate, mosaic fireplaces, and indoor recreation alongside architectural oddities like Goff’s famous echoing corridor. The crown jewel of the club was decidedly the Grand Ballroom on the ninth floor. With its two-story ceilings, velvet drape curtains, and endless imbibing—this was the epitome of Tulsa highlife.The building was originally constructed with a steel structure, which was then clad in Bedford limestone, laid in a vertical zigzag, Art Deco pattern. Steel casement windows that opened outward were aligned between pylons of stone to form a vertical stripe design extending the height of the building. The eleventh floor was set back from the main facade, creating a three-sided roof terrace called the “Sky Terrace.” After years of vacancy, the Ross Group and Promise hotels embarked on a stunning $36 million dollar renovation that began in 2015 to restore the property to its former glory! The hotel opened formally in 2019 under the Curio Collection by Hilton brand and is one of downtown Tulsa’s greatest preservation success stories!

  • Tulsa Club Hotel

  • 115 E. 5th Street, Tulsa, OK

  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • First Entry at 1:00

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