Historic Treasure: Riverside Studio

Built in 1929, the Bruce Goff-designed Riverside Studio began as a combination home and music studio for a local piano teacher, according to the Tulsa Preservation Commission’s website. The ascending and descending lines of windows were inspired by musical scales, and other elements were also designed to evoke musical themes.

Strong geometric elements, including the large round window on the front of the building, are typical of Art Deco architecture.

Riverside Studio is at 1381 S. Riverside Drive, overlooking the Arkansas River. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 and is home to the Spotlight Theater company, which presents a melodrama called The Drunkard at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday. Spotlight also does children’s theater productions; upcoming performances include Babes in Toyland, which will run Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-16. For ticket information, call (918) 587-5030 or visit

Looking for a great weekend getaway? Why not take in a show at the historic Riverside Studio, then spend the night in another National Register-listed property in Tulsa, the beautiful Campbell Hotel? To reserve a room, call (918) 744-5500 or visit

To get to Riverside Studio from The Campbell Hotel, turn left on 11th Street and follow the Historic Route 66 signs all the way through downtown until 11th runs out at Southwest Boulevard. Turn left on Southwest, then make another quick left onto Riverside Drive. (If you cross the river, you’ve gone too far.) Riverside Studio will be on your left, about half a mile south of Southwest Boulevard.

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