Will Rogers High School

Historic Exterior Restoration

Will Rogers High School is an original art deco masterpiece. It was built in 1938 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Work included terra cotta restoration, replacement of historic entry doors, and, most noticeably, replacement of the existing steel-framed, single-paned windows that dominate much of the primary building elevations. The replacement windows, which were carefully designed to match the visual characteristics of the original windows, had a profound effect on sound transmission in the classrooms and cut heat loss by about 50%. Coupled with “invisible” terra cotta repairs and new entry doors, the building now looks as it did during Tulsa’s golden years. The restoration project received both local and state preservation awards.