The Church Studio, once owned by Leon Russell now on National Register of Historic Places in state

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

  • The Church studio is one of six new locations added to the National Register of Historic Places in Oklahoma 
  • The studio is located at 3rd and Trenton 
  • Originally built as the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in 1915
  • Leon Russell bought the building in March of 1972 and converted it into a studio for his music label, Shelter Records. 
  • Musicians including Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt recorded at the studio 
  • The studio closed in 1976
  • It is currently being restored according to a Facebook page for the studio
  • Listing in the National Register is an honorific designation that provides recognition, limited protection and, in some cases, financial incentives for these important properties. The SHPO identifies, evaluates and nominates properties for this special designation.

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