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Modern architecture on display

10th annual Architecture tour showcases unique metro design

Courtney Silva April 13th, 2011

In celebration of this year’s Architecture Week, the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter will host its 10th annual Architectural Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The self-guided tour allows guests to visit some of the metro’s most unique architectural destinations, including residences and commercial buildings that showcase the important role architecture plays in the community, said Melissa Hunt, the chapter’s executive director.

“I think people will enjoy seeing all of the different styles and varieties of architecture in OKC,” she said. “Many of these houses have been under construction for a while, so it’s also nice to be able to show off the finished product.”

One of the seven stops on the tour is the Wells home at 843 N.W. Seventh, owned and designed by architect Dennis Wells and his wife, Shellee, a lighting designer. During the designing and construction of his two-story home, he said his main concerns were simplicity, efficiency and affordability.

“The house wound up having a very low carbon footprint, because a lot of the materials we used were local,” Wells said. “Oklahoma City has some cool things happening within its neighborhoods, and I think this tour will show people that very well.”

Tickets may be purchased online for $12 until Thursday, or on Saturday for $15. For more information, call 948-7174 or visit aiacoc.org/tour. —Courtney Silva

The Wells home features a splitlevel first floor with a visitors’ suite and a twocar garage with a storm shelter.

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