Boston Avenue United Methodist Church

1301 South Boston Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Completed 1929

Designed by Bruce Goff

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In 1926 the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church’s building committee asked Adah Robinson, who taught art classes there, to advise on selecting an architect for a new building for the rapidly growing congregation. Bruce Goff was engaged for the project on her recommendation. Goff later said that he completed the first sketches for the building in one evening, and this iteration was changed very little before Robinson presented the drawings to the committee. They approved the design and signed a contract with Rush, Endacott & Rush on June 26, 1926. The 225-foot tower combines the gothic and art deco styles in a work of originality—evidence of Goff’s creative genius. The building officially opened on June 9, 1929. Robinson later caused trouble by demanding changes to the interior after the designs were set and building was in progress, and her interference resulted in a total break between herself and Goff. The architectural drawings held by the Art Institute of Chicago are signed by Goff, so there is no question about the architect responsible for the final design. Claims that the church was designed by Robinson are unfounded. The church remains one of Tulsa’s most distinguished buildings. The faithful congregation has preserved the building and its interior to the present day. The interior is often open during the week and welcomes visitors.