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The Paseo Arts District is the first shopping center in north downtown of Oklahoma. It was developed in 1922 by G.A. Nichols, a born Oklahoman. The original Spanish revival architectural design of the district is still intact nowadays, with its stucco building and clay-made roofing. The Paseo Arts District is listed in the National register of Historic Places in the country.

The first art studio and gallery in the Paseo is the Elm?s. It was established in 1920s located at the 27th and Walker Street. In 1950s, the Paseo Arts District evolved into a business hub where students and professionals usually pick for party and jazz clubs. But in 1960s, the counter culture of art came to the area and from then on, the Paseo has developed into an art district.

One of the most awaited events in Paseo is the Paseo Arts Festival. The first festival was held during the Memorial Day weekend in 1977. Annually, it has become a tradition to celebrate the Paseo Arts Festival exhibiting masterpieces of famous and contemporary artists. The art district co-exists with Paseo Arts Association which was founded in 1982 to maintain and further develop the area.

Today, the Paseo Arts District has 17 galleries with more than 60 artists. In every turn, there are cafe, restaurants, and boutiques which offer sumptuous cuisines and unique accessories, respectively. It has 36 stalls in variation of apparel, antique and jewel shops, as well as food and refreshments. People can visit some of the amazing art galleries and studios like Paseo Pottery, Mariposa on Paseo, A Jeweler?s Art and the likes.
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