At first glance, the restored Spartan trailer sitting in the empty parking lot of what were once Kennedy’s used cars may seem like the start of a very odd new housing unit, complete with its white picket fence, patio furniture and its plastic flamingos on the front.
But watch again and you’ll see what is actually a retro take on a new concept: an AirBnB for the Tee Pee Drive-In, slated to open in spring 2022.
Daniel Briggs and his brother Justin were hired to restore the trailer as part of their daily work at Action Restoration and Construction. They were used to making houses, but not the type to move on wheels. Daniel Briggs told the Sapulpa Times that when they heard about the mission, his first thought was, “Well, I’m always up for a challenge. “
And it was a challenge. In order to standardize all the internal cogs, the trailer had to be lowered to the structure. “We worked from the bottom up,” Briggs said. All the electricity and plumbing of the trailer had to be redone and brought up to modern standards. “They didn’t have in the 1950s what we have today, in plumbing,” he said.
The plumbing is actually a prominent feature of this particular unit – an extra-large shower and vanity that make it a great bathroom in the 8 foot trailer. “In all my years, I have never seen a trailer with a bathroom as big as this one,” he said.
Briggs says they were given explicit instructions on what the trailer should look like – it had to match the ’50s theme, with red devices inside. Items such as cabinets have been handcrafted to accommodate new retro appliances.
Briggs says they’re working on trailer number two now, and the Kante group is planning 10 more, many different years, and each will have their own color scheme, but all of them will keep the design from the 50s to the last. inside. “They buy them from everywhere. One of them is ten feet long, ”he said.
The vintage Route 66 market gets a makeover
Down Main Street and around the corner is another new entry for the ‘Seen in Sapulpa’ story: Mike Meyer, award-winning artist with murals and signs around the world, painted an old sign but new for Vintage Market at 105 E Dewey this week. After owner Archie Fain scraped off the peeling paint and painted the entire section black along the length of the three story half block, Meyer walked in and with a box of sharp white paint and a steady hand, applied a shield Route 66 blank and store the name at the top.
Meyer, originally from Iowa, also worked for Michael Jones, on a future project for another historic building in Sapulpa. He hopes these concerts are just the first in a series of new projects coming to town as Sapulpa prepares to launch a new campaign to bring up to 15 new murals to Sapulpa ahead of Route 66’s 100th anniversary. .
Joe Krout, a transplant from Sapulpa now involved in Sapulpa Main Street, helped finish the panel and agreed with Meyer as they looked at the finished product. “It’s a pebble in the avalanche,” he said. The first of the things to come.