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Historic Treasure: Cities Service Station

Located at the corner of 17th Street and Southwest Boulevard — formerly known as Quanah Avenue — near the west end of the Eleventh Street Bridge, Cities Service Station #8 features a shiny enameled exterior accented with green “speed lines” characteristic of the Streamline Moderne style.

Quanah Avenue, which was renamed Southwest Boulevard in 1957, carried Route 66 through Southwest Tulsa — and right past the station, which was in a prime position to profit from both locals and travelers passing through town.

A station was built on the site in late 1926, after Route 66 was commissioned. The garage was added in 1940, and sometime around 1950, the original station was demolished and replaced with a new office that attached to the existing garage, according to the Tulsa Preservation Commission’s Website. The shiny enameled surface and dark green “speed lines” on the garage are characteristic of the Streamline Moderne style of architecture that was popular in the early 1940s, while the large vertical windows, flat roof, and low-slung appearance of the office are typical of mid-century modern architecture.

The station underwent restoration a couple of years ago and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. It is among more than 50 National Register properties here in Tulsa.

Interested in exploring the city’s architectural treasures? Why not spend a weekend in another historic property? The Campbell Hotel, built in 1927, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on Route 66 in midtown Tulsa, The Campbell Hotel features 26 uniquely decorated rooms that celebrate Oklahoma history and a host of amenities to make your stay more convenient. Its midtown location makes it the perfect starting point for a tour of Tulsa’s historic treasures.

To book your room, call (918) 744-5500 or visit www.thecampbellhotel.com. We look forward to seeing you!

 

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