Tour UCO’s Old North

???????????????????????????????During this year’s Homecoming Week, UCO is offering tours of Old North, the original building that housed the university when it first began as Central Normal School in 1893.

Tours are available at the following times:

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29;
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1; and,
  • 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

This is your chance to get inside and learn about its history and what the plans are for the upcoming interior renovation. As one of the two buildings on campus that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s an interesting building, and has not been open to the public for the past 10 years, so this is your chance!

See you there!


The Joys of Perry!

Although our building stock in Oklahoma is not very old compared to some parts of the country, we have great historic resources in our state. A wonderful place to visit to see a traditional courthouse square and beautiful examples of Neoclassical architecture is Perry. Charles Evans Studio has the opportunity to work with a few of the businesses in Perry as we collaborate with the Oklahoma Main Street organization. I also was able to visit Perry while attending the State Preservation Conference there in June of this year and enjoyed exploring this charming town. I’ve included some photos of the town square below. They also have a few great restaurants downtown – the 611 Bakehouse (great bread and sandwiches) and the Kumback Lunch (known for their pie). Check it out!

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Heritage Hills Annual Home Tour

The 47th Annual Heritage Hills Home and Garden Tour will be happening on November 2nd & 3rd this year. The tour runs from 12:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday. This is a great opportunity to see inside some of our most beautiful historic homes just outside downtown Oklahoma City. This year’s tour includes five homes as well as the Overholser Mansion.

You can purchase tickets online at

You can also see a list of locations around town where you can purchase tickets on the website above. If you purchase before October 15th, the price is $12; if you purchase after this date or at one of the homes during the tour the price is $15.

See you there!

Spring Advisement!

Hello all – it’s time to enroll for next semester. It is especially important this spring to be advised, because we have a new program beginning in the fall with all new courses – exciting projects that will challenge your design skills and be fun at the same time!

Advisement Times

Wednesday April 10 1:00 – 3:30

Thursday April 11    3:00 – 5:00

Friday April 12         9:00 – 12:00

All advisement will be held in Art & Design Building Room 103 – first come, first served!

Link to the new Interior Design Program Sequence:



Like to see world class design in a dynamic city and have lots of fun?

Join us for a study tour to the Windy City June 8 – 15, 2013 to see the best of historic and high-tech design and architecture. We’ll do the following activities:

  • Attend NEOCON interior design trade show
  • Visit design studios
  • Visit Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Cubs game
  • Second City
  • Architectural River Cruise
  • Broadway in Chicago
  • John Hancock Building Observation Deck
  • Museum of Surgery
  • Docent-led tour of Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

Interested? Contact Valerie Settles 405.974.5219

Estimated Cost – $1,800, payable in three installments of $600 each on Feb. 15, March 15, and April 19

Also available for 2 course credits – a great way to cover those design elective requirements!

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Presenting in Providence

I had the opportunity to present at a conference dedicated to Preservation Education last weekend in Providence, RI. Although my trip was very brief, I was able to see a little bit of the downtown area and get a few pictures. Enjoy!

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New apps!

Just came across this great article in the Spring 2012 edition of ICON, the publication of the American Society of Interior Designers. It shows a variety of apps for mobile phones, most of them free, but a few that are fairly inexpensive. They include: AutoCAD Anywhere, On Balance (turns your phone into a level – cool!), and Write On (lets you draw measurements on an image you photograph).

Take a look!New apps


I miss London…

I miss watching the Olympics at night, and I miss being in London. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip there with my son Dexter and his group a few years ago. I saw a building there with a cornerstone that read “1028” – meaning people have been building there almost a millenium before Oklahoma was settled. I highly recommend a trip.

Annual Bartlesville trip

The annual trip to visit the Price Tower in Bartlesville is now being offered for course credit. For those of you who would like to enroll, you will receive 1 hour of elective credit. The trip will be expanded to spend two complete days in Tulsa and Bartlesville, touring local design sites and firms. It is open to both graphic and interior design students. Students are not required to enroll in order to attend, but space is limited to 20. We will leave early Friday morning and return Saturday evening. As usual, we will be spending the night at the Inn at Price Tower, the bed and breakfast that is now housed within the Price Tower. The dates for the trip this year are Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd.

Heritage Hills Home Tour

The 46th Annual Heritage Hills Home Tour will be held Saturday Oct. 6th and Sunday Oct. 7th, 2012 from 12 – 5 each afternoon. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the beautiful historic properties we have in Oklahoma City. We are a young state, and these homes are some of the first built that are still standing.