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Property Name Woodward Park and Gardens Historic District
Reference Number 14000054
State Oklahoma
County Tulsa
Town Tulsa
Street Address 2101 South Peoria Avenue and 2435 South Peoria Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/11/2014
Areas of Significance Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000054.pdf
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The Woodward Park and Gardens Historic District is nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Criterion C, in the area of Landscape Architecture, as an excellent example of a designed landscape in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and as one of the finest public gardens established in the city during the first half of the twentieth century. Woodward Park is best known for two garden areas the Upper and Lower Rock Gardens, and the formal terraces of the Tulsa Rose Garden that were established during the 1930s using public monies and constructed by laborers enrolled in work-relief programs. The Woodward Park and Gardens Historic District is also eligible to be listed to the National Register at the local level under Criterion C for Architecture, for the David R. Travis House, an Italian Renaissance-inspired villa designed by architect Noble B. Fleming and constructed in 1919. The City of Tulsa purchased the Travis House in 1954 to serve as the Tulsa Garden Center, and it has functioned in this capacity since then. The grounds of the Tulsa Garden Center include other designed landscape features and related buildings, such as a stone driveway, a brick carriage house, sunken garden, a glass conservatory from the Lord & Burnham Company, and a large, framed barn that now serves as the Learning Center of the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens. For its association with the activities of the Tulsa Garden Club and the Tulsa Garden Center, the Woodward Park and Gardens Historic District is also eligible to be listed on the National Register at the local level of significance under Criterion A, in the area of Entertainment/Recreation. The district includes the first municipal rose garden established in the state of Oklahoma, and the park and its gardens continue to serve as the premiere environment in the city of Tulsa for the public's enjoyment and knowledge of ornamental horticulture and trees.

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