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Historic Treasure: Tulsa Monument Company

Built in 1936 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, the Tulsa Monument Company is something of a rarity among Tulsa’s historic buildings, as it continues to serve the purpose for which it was originally constructed.

Many historic businesses change hands or close, and the buildings that housed them become the focus of adaptive reuse projects. Not the Tulsa Monument Company, which has served the same purpose since the day it opened.

Architect Harry H. Mahler actually designed the building to resemble a monument, making it an early example of mimetic architecture. (Mimetic architecture is a sort of cross between architecture and sculpture in which the building is shaped like something that represents its intended purpose — for example, an orange-juice stand shaped like a giant orange or a Mexican restaurant shaped like a sombrero.)

With its strong vertical lines, glass-brick details, and elegant clock tower, the Tulsa Monument Company building is also an excellent example of Streamline Art Deco design.

Located at 1735 E. 11th St., this historic building is less than a mile from The Campbell Hotel and is one of more than 50 Tulsa buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s in good company: The Campbell itself is also on the National Register, making it a perfect starting point for your exploration of the city’s historic treasures. Why not book a room here and spend an unforgettable weekend exploring Tulsa’s architectural masterpieces? Call (918) 744-5500 or visit www.thecampbellhotel.com for reservations.

(Hat tip to the Tulsa Preservation Commission.)

 

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