Preservation projects happen ONLY because of the efforts of local citizens across our state. Preservation Oklahoma would like to applaud the work of these individuals and groups whose tenacity, courage, and determination are the backbone of successful preservation projects across Oklahoma.
2019 PRESERVATION AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Preservation Partner Award: Oklahoma Archeological Survey
The Oklahoma Archeological Survey was established by the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1970. OAS is an independent research unit in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. The Survey has three missions - to preserve Oklahoma’s archaeological resources, research Oklahoma’s past, and educate the public. The Survey has a staff of research archaeologists who conduct archaeological projects on sites across the state. This summer, OAS will be sponsoring research on 10,000+ year old sites in the Panhandle, an 800 year old site near Spiro Mounds, and work on historic Fort Gibson. In addition to research, the Survey also houses the office of the State Archaeologist and the Community Assistance Program, both of which review cultural resource projects conducted under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The Survey also conducts outreach activities in venues across the state, including public lectures, educational programs, and excavations open to volunteers. This year, Preservation Oklahoma is proud to work alongside Oklahoma Archeological Survey to host free and interactive hands-on demonstrations with Oklahoma artifacts for people of all ages. These workshops are funded by Oklahoma Humanities as part of POK’s Most Endangered Places traveling exhibit. Preservation Oklahoma is proud to work with Oklahoma Archeological Survey for this program and thanks and recognizes Oklahoma Archeological Survey for their partnership.
Preservation Advocacy Award: Lynne Rostochil, Okie Mod Squad
Lynne Rostochil is an avid photographer and writer who has spent over a decade researching and photographing Oklahoma's unique array of mid-century modern architecture, both to promote awareness and to encourage preservation efforts. She has put her architectural knowledge to work in arranging an exhibition of famed architectural photographer, Julius Shulman's work at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, co-founding the Okie Mod Squad, a group that celebrates all things mid-century modern, and writing the book, Oklahoma City's Mid-Century Modern Architecture.
In addition, she has worked with members of the Okie Mod Squad and other preservation groups to try to save and preserve many of Oklahoma's most endangered buildings, with varying degrees of success. The tenacious and stubborn streaks that often drive her family crazy have served her well in community efforts to save such Oklahoma icons as Stage Center, Founders Bank, the Donnay Building, and most recently, the First Christian Church. Lynne is also a board member for POK, our incoming Secretary and is recognized for her efforts most recently in advocating for local Historic Landmark designation for the First Christian Church in Oklahoma City.
Preservation in Practice Award: Chad and Jackie Potter, Fire Station #13
Chad and Jackie Potter are Oklahoma natives, They opened their company, Drywall Specialists in 2004. Over the last 15 years they have completed over 10,000 projects in homes and businesses in northeast Oklahoma.
Chad joined the Home Builder’s Association in 2006 and remains active. He served as President of the Remodeler’s Council and chaired the Remodel Tulsa Tour.
Currently, they own several buildings and lots in the Pearl District near downtown Tulsa. They have worked hard to preserve the character of the area, all while cleaning up dilapidated spaces to help revitalize the district.
Their most recent project - Built in 1933, Station 13 was used as a working fire station by the City of Tulsa until 1964. The space was then left untouched and used as storage for over 50 years. Chad and Jackie bought Station 13 in 2018 and have been diligent in their attempts to restore the space to its original condition. They are also in the process of placing Station 13 on the National Register of Historic Places.
Chad and Jackie have lived in the Tulsa area their entire lives. They are passionate about Oklahoma and have incredible enthusiasm for restoring historical buildings to their original grace and character. With the historical preservation of Station 13, they are striving to offer a memorable entertainment venue to the citizens of Tulsa. They have truly shown preservation in practice and we are excited to present them with this recognition.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Lueb, TAP Architecture
Rick Lueb is a principal architect for TAP Architecture and has been with the firm since its inception, over thirty years ago. Rick is a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute, recognized for his commitment to service and expertise in the industry in 2012. His architectural expertise is enhanced by more than 20 years in the construction industry as a job superintendent and owner of various construction companies. Rick’s previous experiences as a certified professional builder, realtor, energy management consultant, and journeyman-level electrician form a broad based construction background that brings practical, real-world values and knowledge to the design team. His well-rounded experience and focus on historic preservation and rehabilitation, recognized by award- winning projects, yield dividends for clients. Rick has developed a specialty in preservation projects and has worked on some of the more important historic buildings in the state.
For all of his contributions to the historic preservation world in Oklahoma, we are proud to recognize Rick Lueb with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year’s awards were presented at the Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference in Chickasha, Oklahoma, April 26.