THE CHURCH STUDIO NAMED TO NATIONAL REGISTER
Less than a year after the devastating passing of Leon Russell, The Church Studio has earned a respected, unique and highly desired designation to the National Register of Historic Places.
The designation became effective Sept. 8, 2017 as reported by the National Park Service. Although it wasn’t certain, It was expected after its National Register detailed submission to Washington was reported in July, outlining the significance of the studio to American music culture. Furthermore, there was overwhelming support by the state officials of Oklahoma and all of the friends and fans of Leon, including the special group, “Leon Lifers.”
The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
I visited Tulsa and lived in Tulsa and my parents are from Tulsa. In the 70’s Clapton and George Harrison went to Leon’s house. I had the pleasure to meet them. Ambrose was a friend of my wife. The Ranch house was a late night hangout. Leon and Ambrose played at Dukes country. The next time we saw Leon and Ambrose in Houston at Raceway park. Ambrose gave me his phone number in Nashville to their ranch on a ticket stub and told me to visit. Life happens and Ambrose passed then Leon. I have some crazy stories of the time we had. I need to make a trip to see this great thing your doing. I will order some of your stuff and would like your announcement letter. Great Job !!
I saw Leon in London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1970 and have been trying to keep up ever since. Mad Dogs and Englishmen was of course a special treat and youTube keeps coming up with new treasures for me.
It’s great to see the Church Studio making such good progress.