Buildings of Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Tulsa is a hub of art deco and contemporary architecture, and most buildings of Tulsa are in either of these two styles. Prominent buildings include the BOK Tower, the second tallest building in Oklahoma; the futurist Oral Roberts University campus and adjacent Cityplex Towers, a group of towers that includes the third tallest building in Oklahoma; Boston Avenue Methodist Church, an Art Deco church designated as a National Historic Landmark; and the BOK Center, an 18,000 seat arena in downtown Tulsa.

Skyscrapers and highrises[edit]

Buildings Height in feet Stories Image
BOK Tower 667 52 The BOK Building.jpg
Cityplex 648 60 CityPlex Towers in Tulsa, Oklahoma.jpg
First Place Tower 516 41 First Place Tower Tulsa.jpg
Mid-Continent Tower 513 36 Mid-Continent Tower.jpg
Bank of America Center 412 32 Bank of America Center, Tulsa cropped.jpg
320 South Boston Building 400 22
110 West 7th Building 388 28 110 W 7th Tulsa Image1 no glare.png
University Club Tower 377 32 University Club Tower, Tulsa.jpg
Cityplex West Tower 348 30 CityPlex Towers in Tulsa, Oklahoma.jpg
Philtower 343 24 Philtower in Tulsa.jpg
Liberty Towers 254 23 No Picture Available
Boulder Towers 253 15 No Picture Available
Mayo Hotel 252 18 Mayo Hotel Tulsa.jpg
First National Bank 250 20 No Picture Available
Cityplex East Tower 248 20 CityPlex Towers in Tulsa, Oklahoma.jpg
Thompson Building 215 15 Thompson Building, Tulsa. OK.jpg
2300 Riverside Apartments [1] 176 16 2300RiversideTulsa.jpg

Auditoriums, arenas, and theaters[edit]

1910 to 1919
Image Building Date Architect Notes
Grand Opera House Built in 1905. Converted to furniture store, then an auction house. Demolished for Urban Renewal project.
Image of Orpheum theater, c. 1969
Image of interior
Orpheum Theater, 12 E. 4th St. 1924 Originally a Vaudeville theater. Converted to movie theater in 1931. Held world premiers for The Song of Bernadette and Tulsa. Demolished in 1970.
BradyTheaterWestSide.jpg Brady Theater 1912-14, remodeled 1930, additions 1952 1930 remodel, Bruce Goff
Majestic Theater, 406 S. Main St. 1917 First theater in Tulsa designed for movies, first in Tulsa with sound system, and first in Tulsa with Organ. Showed first talkie in Tulsa and first 3-D movie in Tulsa. Demolished.
Rialto Theater, 7 W. 3rd St. 1917 First theater in Tulsa to have air-conditioning. Demolished.
Akdar Shrine Temple (Cimarron Ballroom), 221 W. 4th St. 1925 Built in exotic Moorish, Art Dec, Roccoco style. Demolished in 1973.
Ritz Theater, 18 W. 4th St. 1926 Theater demolished in 1960. Remaining Ritz Building demolished in 1973
Fairgrounds Pavilion, Tulsa State Fairgrounds 1932 Art Deco PWA. Photo looking west in the 1960s toward downtown Tulsa skyline
Cains Ballroom Tulsa Night.jpg Cain's Ballroom 1924 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Coliseum1943.jpg Tulsa Coliseum, 502 S Elgin Ave. 1928 Destroyed by fire September 1952
Circle Theater, 10 S. Lewis Ave. 1928 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Palace Theater, 118 S. Main remodeled 1935 Remodel by Joseph R. Koberling Art Deco (Streamline style). Demolished
Delman Theater, 2335 E. 15th St. 1938 Art Deco (Streamline style). Demolished
Will Rogers Theater, 4502 East 11th Street 1941 Art Deco (Streamline style). Demolished
Brook Theatre, 3307 South Peoria Avenue 1945 Art Deco (Streamline style) Converted to restaurant
Big Ten Ballroom (American Beauty), 1632 East Apache Street 1950 Art Deco (Streamline style).
Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University.jpg Mabee Center, Oral Roberts University, 81st and Lewis 1972 Frank Wallace
Tulsa Convention Center, 6th and Houston 1964
Tulsa Performing Arts Center 1977 Minoru Yamasaki
ReynoldsCenter.JPG University of Tulsa, Reynolds Center 1998
BOK Center faccade.JPG BOK Center 2008 César Pelli

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