Universal Ford Building
The Universal Ford Building, originally constructed in 1917, once housed the Ford Motor Company and Ford Model T showroom. The design and adaptive reuse of the building and showroom involved the historic renovation of 37,000 square feet of the two-story structure. The building sits on one of the last intact tracts of historic Main Street in downtown Tulsa. The building’s envelope was improved with new stucco and brickwork repairs. The original steel windows are retained and were repaired in place. There are over 2,000 individually glazed window units that are insulated that have been put into the original steel window frames.
The mixed-use renovation project resulted in 23 apartment units, 6,5000 square feet of restaurant space and 11,000 square feet of office space including 36 Degrees North, a cooperative work environment for budding entrepreneurs. The 5,000 square feet of unglazed porcelain hex tile, which was carefully restored to its original condition when the flooring was part of the Ford Model T showroom is a unique feature of the project.