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August 13, 2020

Pearl District Development Strikes Gold

The Golden Pawn II building at 13th and Peoria in Tulsa, a historied haunt for local and visiting musicians in the market for musical instruments and equipment, is readying for a total restoration and repurposing.

The building will transform into The Bridge, a new mixed-use development that will incorporate a restaurant, music venue, retail space, and rooftop bar and entertainment floor. Its themed venues and architecture of raw, modern industrial buildings honor the unique musical history of Tulsa and the Tulsa Sound, embodying the work of such legends as Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, Elvin Bishop, The Red Dirt Rangers, and GAP Band.

Located at the Broken Arrow Expressway overpass and extending the city’s popular trail system, The Bridge is a literal and metaphorical link of vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle travel. lt links local culture, past and present, as well as the Pearl and Cherry Street Districts.

The third-floor rooftop bar will offer spectacular skyline views (similar to another Freese Architecture project, the Zanmai building, at 1402 South Peoria) and a flexible indoor/outdoor entertainment environment. Additional balconies around the building give multiple opportunities to enjoy the downtown vistas and connect with the vibrant neighborhood activity.

Project developer Jay Williams of Williams QOF, LLC brought his vision to Freese Architecture and has been instrumental in the development of the design concept.

Construction is slated to begin in summer of 2021, with completion in 2022.