Greater Tulsa Reporter
The first structure that individuals will see when entering A Gathering Place For Tulsa will be Williams Lodge. Construction on the lodge is not quite halfway complete. However, enough progress has been made at this point to create a beginning picture of what is to come.
Recently, the lodge’s steel beams were installed, which provides the outline for the top level of the lodge, says Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of Tulsa’s Gathering Place, LLC. The beams will provide the support for the building’s glass panes.
The lodge will sit on the back of the property, near the former location of Blair Mansion.
“The lodge will serve as the entryway, or as a welcome center, to the park,” Stava says.
A three-story fireplace will sit on the southern end of the lodge, which will overlook Peggy’s Pond and face the Arkansas River, with a two-story covered porch that will feature floor-to-ceiling glass panes. On the lower level of the covered porch area will be an ice cream shop, candy shop, gift shop and an area for equipment rentals.
An outdoor food terrace and food kiosk will be located on the northern side of the lodge. The terrace will sit among the large trees that have been maintained on the land.
“These trees are the most beautiful and healthy that we have on the property. We want to protect them,” says Stava. “Then, they will serve as a canopy over the food terrace.”
Interior details of the lodge will include a wood ceiling, which Stava calls “a work of art” that will stretch from the ceiling to the fireplace and down the floor to the staircase.
“There are other architectural details that will be added that will make this a world-class building to match it to this world-class park,” he says.