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
Lyric Theatre, 103 S. Main St. built 1891 (800 seats) Tulsa's first masonry theatre structure, presented vaudeville & motion pictures until converted to retail use in 1959. Demolished by Urban Renewal 1971.
Grand Opera House, 115 E. 2nd St. Built in 1906 Joseph Foucart (1200 seats) Converted to furniture store, then an auction house. Demolished for Urban Renewal project 1973.
Image of Orpheum theater, c. 1969
Image of interior
Orpheum Theater, 12 E. 4th St. 1924 John Eberson (1600 seats) 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 Still in use as 3200 seat performing arts center.
Majestic Theater, 406 S. Main St. 1917 (1000 seats) Beau Arts style. First theater in Tulsa designed for movies, first in Tulsa with sound system, and first in Tulsa with Pipe Organ. Showed first talkie in Tulsa and first 3-D movie in Tulsa. Destroyed by fire 1973.
Rialto Theater, 7 W. 3rd St.(AKA-Orpheum) 1917 (1400 seats) This was Tulsa's second Rialto, first sat next door at 13 W. 3rd. First theater in Tulsa to have air-conditioning. Demolished 1971.
Akdar Theatre, (Cimarron Ballroom), 221 W. 4th St. 1925 George & Leo Rapp (1800 seats) Built in exotic Moorish & Roccoco style. Converted to ballroom use 1946. Demolished in 1965.
Ritz Theater, 18 W. 4th St. 1926 John Eberson (1600 seats) Italian style atmospheric theater, demolished in 1963. Remaining Ritz Building demolished in 1973
Fairgrounds Pavilion, Tulsa State Fairgrounds 1932 Leland I Shumway (6000 seats) 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 Leon Senter (4200 seats) Destroyed by fire September 1952
Circle Theater In Whittier Square District.jpg Circle Theater, 10 S. Lewis Ave. 1928 (800 seats) Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
State Theater, 118 S. Main Opened 1911 as Wonderland Nickelodeon 1935 Art Deco remodel by Joseph R. Koberling, Jr. (400 seats) Art Deco (Streamline style). Converted to retail store 1955. Demolished 1973
Loew's Delman Theater, 2335 E. 15th St. 1938 W. Scott Dunne (1400 seats) Art Deco (Streamline style). Closed 1980. Demolished 2008.
Tulsa Theatre, 215 S. Main St. 1941 Jack Corgan & William J. Moore (1000 seats) Art Deco (Streamline style). Demolished by Urban Renewal 1971.
Will Rogers Theater, 4502 East 11th Street 1941 Jack Corgan (900 seats) Southwestern style Art Deco (Streamline style). Demolished 1977
Loew's Brook Theatre, 3307 South Peoria Avenue 1945 Willim H.C. Calderwood (800 seats) Art Deco (Streamline style) Ceased movie presentation in 1983, and has since been converted to a 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
Cox Business Center, formerly known as Tulsa Convention Center, 6th and Houston 1964
Tulsa Performing Arts Center.jpg 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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