Philtower Building

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The Philtower (center) set against several other downtown Tulsa buildings
Philtower Building is located in Oklahoma
Philtower Building
Philtower Building is located in the United States
Philtower Building
Location427 S. Boston Ave.,
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Coordinates36°9′7″N 95°59′19″W / 36.15194°N 95.98861°W / 36.15194; -95.98861Coordinates: 36°9′7″N 95°59′19″W / 36.15194°N 95.98861°W / 36.15194; -95.98861
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectKeen & Simpson; Delk, Edward Buehler
NRHP reference #79002032 [1]
Added to NRHPAugust 29, 1979

The Philtower Building is a historic building located at 427 South Boston Avenue in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Description and history[edit]

Completed in 1928, it was designed by Edward Buehler Delk and financed by renowned oilman and dedicated philanthropist Waite Phillips (1883–1964).[2] Associated architects Keene & Simpson performed architectural supervision in the construction of the building.[3] In 1941, Phillips deeded the Philtower Building to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), along with most of his Philmont Ranch and Villa Philmonte. The income from the building was used to help support Philmont. In 1977, the BSA sold the Building to a group of local investors. This group, The Philtower LLC, is the current owner.[2] It is an example of neo-gothic and art deco architecture.

According to the Tulsa Preservation Commission, the building represents the Gothic Revival architecture style. A notable feature is the illuminated, sloping tiled roof. The office on the 21st floor that was used by Waite Phillips has been preserved.[4][5]

Originally built as a high-rise office building, floors 12–20 were converted to loft apartments in 2004, making the Philtower Tulsa's first mixed use high-rise. The building has 24 floors and is 323 feet tall.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1] It was included in the Oil Capital Historic District on December 13, 2010.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c "Philtower website: History"Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Keene Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Tulsa Preservation Commission Website: "Philtower Building"
  5. ^ Tulsa World – Waite Phillips Execute Office Restored to Former Glory
  6. ^ National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for Oil Capital Historic District. Archived 2014-07-15 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved June 19, 2014.

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Preceded by
Mayo Hotel
Tallest Building in Tulsa
Succeeded by
320 South Boston Building