This amazing Art Deco Boston Avenue Methodist Church was so outstanding when it was built that it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Designed by Dr. Adah Robinson, an art teacher, the designs had to be approved by an architect. That firm tried to claim credit for the building and the debate rages on today. National Geographic credited Robinson and defended their story in a letter to the architectural firm. I’m with Adah!
The building is full of symbolism from the 62 praying hands sculptures around the parapets to the Oklahoma wildflowers in the stained glass. Outside of the building terra cotta statues of figures important in the history of Methodism were made by one of Adah’s former students who later studied sculpture with Gutzon Borglum.
The regular guided tours are on Sunday, following the 11 a.m. worship service. You can take a self-guided tour of the building Monday through Friday. If you call in advance, you may be able to schedule a tour, even on a Saturday, if a guide is available.