Showcase Home: Famous Artist and Designer Adah Robinson’s Home Is For Sale | Home & Garden

Adah Robinson’s former home in Tulsa – which doubled as a studio – is now on the market.

Overlooking Tracy Park, the art deco-inspired home was built for Robinson in 1925 by his former art students Bruce Goff and Joseph R. Koberling Jr., who became renowned figures in the architectural world.

Robinson was a central figure in the creation of Tulsa’s art scene. She taught art at Central High School, founded the art department at the University of Tulsa, and helped found the Tulsa Art Association. Famously, Robinson worked alongside Goff to conceptualize the designs for the Boston Avenue Methodist Church, now recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

The two-story stucco house has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a small kitchen and a swimming pool as well as many other distinct features, such as terrazzo floors, leaded glass windows and a two-story living room with a balcony. On the first floor of the living room is a conversation pit accented by a fireplace.

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This unique home was purchased by Thomas Thixton in 1974, a Tulsan who studied architecture under Goff at the University of Oklahoma. Thixton has taken great care of the house, retaining many of the original features that make the house so special.

After living in the home for 48 years, Thixton – now 90 – is transitioning to assisted living. The home is now for sale, open to the next buyer who wishes to purchase a Tulsa landmark that is emblematic of the artistic and architectural culture that Robinson encouraged.

The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, in partnership with Friends of Kebyar, is offering a tour of this home as part of its Distinctive Dwellings series at noon on Saturday, June 4. Tickets are available at

For more information about the house or to schedule a private viewing, contact Dan Martin, Walter & Associates, 918-284-9845.

Laura J. Boyer