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Gates Hardware Building


The Project

The historic Gates Hardware building in downtown Tulsa, OK, was renovated and adapted to become a 28,000 square-foot mixed-use space with a microbrew pub and jazz club on street level and KSQ’s Tulsa office and graphic design firm sharing 14,000 square-foot of open studio space paying homage to the building’s hardware roots.

Located on the corner of East Mathew Brady and Elgin Avenue, and across from ONE OK Field ballpark, the building is in the Greenwood District and counts Living Arts and John Franklin Hope Reconciliation Park as its neighbors. On the street level, Elgin Park has beer brewed on site, over 50 TVs, and offers New Haven style pizza in a venue with a large, U-shaped bar and roll up glass doors on two corners to help join the street and outdoor patio area with the action inside the pub. The entry to the second level opens to a two-story white marble tile elevator and a two-story atrium with a historic 16-foot vertical sign reading: “The East End Experience.” The marquee sign is a leftover from a nightclub tenant and now suspended from the ceiling in the middle of the open, concrete stairs with steel handrails and cables. The lobby area has peg boards commonly found in hardware stores and the second level studio is bathed in natural light and has three glass encased conference rooms, energy-efficient glass, LED lights, showers, laundry facilities, bike parking and a fully equipped kitchen. A quiet room near the bathrooms offers nursing mothers a comfortable place and two “phone booths” off the lobby feature felt lined walls for acoustic control, steel door frames and sliding barn doors; making the booths a perfect place to step away from the open studio and have a private conversation.

The Details

Project Type: Adaptive Reuse / Mixed-Use
Project Size: 28,000 SF
Completed: 2016
Client: Gates Building LLC
Services: Planning, Programming, Architecture and Interior Design