The self-guided tour allows guests to visit some of the metros most unique architectural destinations, including residences and commercial buildings that showcase the important role architecture plays in the community, said Melissa Hunt, the chapters 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 its 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
photo The Wells home features a splitlevel first floor with a visitors suite and a twocar garage with a storm shelter.