Oklahoma City Council Adopts “Lynne Rostochil Historic Preservation Day” to Honor Preservation Advocate

Lynne Rostochil - photo by Alexa Ace

Update: Lynne Rostochil passed away on November 7, 2019, at the age of 53. You may read her full obituary here.

The City Council of Oklahoma City recently adopted a resolution to name November 5, 2019, “Lynne Rostochil Historic Preservation Day” in honor of Rostochil’s service to historic preservation efforts throughout the city and to raise awareness of the importance of the preservation of mid-century modern architecture. Read on for more about Rostochil’s advocacy efforts and to view the full City Council resolution.

Rostochil, who is a founding member of the Okie Mod Squad, as well as an architectural historian and photographer, has traveled Oklahoma to document and advocate on behalf of its rich architectural heritage.

Rostochil is author of Oklahoma City’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture (2017), which chronicles OKC’s ambitious modern architecture, including the work of Bruce Goff and University of Oklahoma American School architects, including Herb Greene and William H. Wilson.

In addition, Rostochil has written countless well-researched blog posts documenting local architectural beauty, history, and vulnerability to redevelopment, including “A look at the Enchanting Hull House” (link) and “First Christian Church: It Takes Courage” (link).

Rostochil has been a vocal advocate for historic preservation efforts throughout Oklahoma City, recently working to save the historic First Christian Church at N.W. 36th and Walker. Her efforts have been widely covered in the press, including the following stories:

  • “Thousands sign petition to save iconic church through new designation” (link)
  • “Time running out to rescue iconic Oklahoma City structure from demolition” (link)
  • “Major mid-century modern bank in Oklahoma City gets leveled” (link)
  • “Controversial Classen Circle plan continued after hitting stalemate” (link)

The Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture is so grateful to Lynne for her efforts throughout Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma!

Special thanks to the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture for sharing the full resolution (below)!

Featured image: Lynne Rostochil | Photo by Alexa Ace for the Oklahoma Gazette