Historic Treasure: The Philtower

Although Tulsa’s skyline includes taller buildings, it doesn’t include any more striking than the stunning Philtower, built for oilman Waite Phillips in 1927.

With its elaborate exterior ornamentation — including stone grotesques (one of whom clutches a tiny model of the building itself), Gothic arches, and a colorful terra-cotta roof capped with a copper cupola — the Philtower stands out as one of the city’s most spectacular examples of Art Deco architecture.

Inside, the Philtower is just as jaw-dropping, with ornate travertine detailing in a lobby that feels more like a European cathedral than an American office building and a mysterious subterranean passage that once afforded Phillips a safe, convenient way to travel between the building and its sister property, the Philcade, across the street.

According to the Tulsa Preservation Commission, the Philtower was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is one of more than 50 Tulsa buildings on the National Register. If you’re fond of history, why not check in to the gorgeous Art Deco room here at The Campbell — which is also on the National Register — and spend a weekend in Tulsa, exploring our beautiful city and its architectural masterpieces?

To book your room at The Campbell Hotel, call (918) 744-5500 or visit We look forward to seeing you soon!

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