The Church Studio
The historic Church Studio was built as one of the earliest churches in Tulsa and was home to several congregations between 1915 and 1961. Originally a brick church, the current stone facade was placed in the mid-1950s. Oklahoma music legend, Leon Russell, purchased the church in 1972 and The Church Studio was established. Musical talent such as Leon Russell, Tom Petty, JJ Cale, Jimmy Buffett, Georgie Fame, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Asleep at the Wheel, Michael Bolton, The GAP Band, Kansas, Mary McCreary, Freddie King, Jimmy Markham, Dwight Twilly, Phoebe Snow, Peter Tosh, Jamie Oldaker, Walt Richmond, David Teegarden, Wolfman Jack and many more hung out or recorded in the studio.
This historic rehabilitation project includes a recording studio, museum, and community space that pays tribute to the famous ‘Tulsa Sound’ music genre and serves as a legacy landmark. The design incorporates old and new as a way to distinguish between what is historic and what has been added on.
The project was completed in 2022.