Deco delights

The Philtower (left) with its colorful terra-cotta-tile spire, and the Mid-Continent Building (right) are two of the reasons we love downtown Tulsa. Interestingly, the Mid-Continent Building's iconic tower was not part of the building when it was constructed in 1918. The tower, which was too heavy for the original structure to support, was constructed in the 1980s and is actually cantilevered over the original 16-story building to give the illusion of being part of the structure.

The term “Art Deco” is a reference to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which showcased moderne design.

Art Deco architecture is typically characterized by geometric patterns, heavy ornamentation, and a distinctly modern look. Sunbursts are a popular motif (for example, the repeated sunbursts on the spire of New York City’s famous Chrysler Building), as are parallel lines, tiered geometric figures, porthole-style windows, and soft, curved corners that evoke a sense of speed.

Much of downtown Tulsa grew up during the heyday of the Art Deco movement, which explains the presence of such masterpieces as the Boston Avenue Methodist Church, Philtower, Philcade, Mid-Continent Building, and many others.

We could tell you all about our city’s beautiful buildings, but it’s probably better to let their beauty speak for itself. Behold:

This apartment building is just off Route 66 in downtown Tulsa. Notice the ornamentation at the top of the building and the lines that draw the eye upward, both typical of Art Deco architecture.

The Boston Avenue Methodist Church, located a few blocks south of Route 66 in downtown Tulsa, is a magnificent example of Zigzag Art Deco architecture. Notice the stylized circuit riders that seem to emerge from the wall.

These elaborate tiered chandeliers and ornately patterned ceilings, featuring a highly geometric motif, can be seen in the lobby at the Philcade, which is located at Fifth and Boston in downtown Tulsa.

Front window at the Philcade. Notice the strong vertical lines and repetitive geometric pattern.

The Blue Dome, which lends its name to the neighborhood around it, is a former Gulf Oil station on Second Street -- an older alignment of Route 66 in downtown Tulsa. Again, notice the typical heavy ornamentation and graceful lines.

Here at the Campbell, we pay homage to our city’s glorious architecture with our Art Deco Room. Lavishly decorated with Deco furniture and gorgeous photographs of some of our favorite buildings, Room 205 is a visual feast that will take you back to another era.

Our Art Deco Room recalls another time.

 Step into the elegance of the past with a night in this luxurious king standard room. Call (918) 744-5500 or visit to reserve your evening amid the Art Deco grandeur of the past.

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