The 1928 Minks-Adams Hotel is an excellent example of the Gothic Revival Style in Tulsa’s central business district. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the building is also notable for its elaborate and intact terra cotta exterior ornamentation. A major renovation in the 1980s converted the interior into offices. The exterior remained unchanged and the tiled lobby space was relatively unaltered.
The current rehabilitation transformed the upper floors into residential apartments. Since the upper floors had been reconfigured in prior rehabilitations, no historic fabric remained. The lobby space required careful treatment of remaining historic features that were revealed during the renovation. Removal of dropped ceilings exposed historic tile that was missing or damaged in some places. The extant examples provided a template to recreate the missing pieces and restore the decorative ornamentation, along with the historic ceiling height. At the rooftop, historic decorative terra cotta lanterns were restored and historic signage was recreated on the elevator penthouse.