Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

These Walls: Tulsa's All Saints Anglican Church

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

These Walls: Tulsa's All Saints Anglican Church

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Few buildings emit such a sense of peace as south Tulsa's All Saints Anglican Church.

Nestled between cemeteries, surrounded by soaring trees, the 6,000-square-foot-plus gray stone cathedral resembles a timeless scene from English lore, a place of tranquil sanctuary within a lush sylvan glade.

"It looks like it has been here forever, but it's not," said the Right Reverend Frederick G. Morrison, who as rector oversaw a decade of construction atop the shaded knoll. "It was just built to look that way."

Consecrated in 1985, Morrison launched All Saints in a south Tulsa home. They soon started collecting money to build a permanent home atop the five-acre knob at 4040 E. 91st St.

"This was a closely wooded area off the edge of the Roman Catholic cemetery," said Morrison. "But it was expensive ground, so by the time we had paid the money, and I think we paid cash, we didn't have any left to complete the project. We bought the land, cleared some of it. We then had to pause and start saving our coins again."

Working with Tulsa architect Gene Starr, Morrison conceptualized a traditional Anglican church of vaulted timber ceilings and masonry walls. The three-cornered box shape provided a small courtyard between the worship and office wings, connected at the back by a central corridor, small work areas and a large meeting room. The basement offered other classrooms.

"He wanted something like from the old country, so I gave it kind of the flair of a country English church," said Starr.

But with Oklahoma just emerging from a near-depression, All Saints lacked the money needed to raise the entire structure at one time. So in 1989 it hired Flintco subsidiary Oakridge Builders to erect the offices and community room, using that for their place of worship for nearly a decade. All Saints then returned to Oakridge in 1999 to build the 2,700-square-foot sanctuary, with a 400-square- foot balcony for the choir and pipe organ. …

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