Category Archives: Local history

The City Veterinary Hospital, 3550 S. Peoria Ave., is about as Art Deco as it gets. Designed by Joseph R. Koberling Jr. in the Streamline Moderne style, this 1942 gem features the rounded corners, curved glass-block windows, and horizontal “speed … Continue reading

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Built in 1929, the Bruce Goff-designed Riverside Studio began as a combination home and music studio for a local piano teacher, according to the Tulsa Preservation Commission’s website. The ascending and descending lines of windows were inspired by musical scales, … Continue reading

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As Christmas approaches, we thought we’d spotlight a few of Tulsa’s unique shopping districts. This week, we’ll wander through Utica Square, which marked its 50th anniversary in May. Located at the corner of Utica Avenue and 21st Street, Utica Square … Continue reading

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Mount Zion Baptist Church is a survivor. Twice in its history, the Greenwood community, better known as “Black Wall Street,” has lost significant structures. In 1921, the Tulsa Race Riot wiped out most of the buildings in Greenwood. New buildings … Continue reading

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According to its website, Cain’s Ballroom was built as a garage in 1924 before being repurposed as a “dime-a-dance joint” and then a dancing academy. Known as the birthplace of Western swing, Cain’s features glass-block windows, a spring-loaded dance floor, … Continue reading

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We are researching our building’s history, and we need your help. If you have any photographs, promotional materials, stories or special memories from the Casa Loma Hotel, Casa Loma Restaurant, or any of the businesses that were located in the … Continue reading

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Constructed in 1916, the Eleventh Street Arkansas River Bridge predates Route 66 by a decade. The bridge provided a vital link between Tulsa and the rich oil fields in nearby Garden City, Red Fork, and beyond. Its historical significance increased … Continue reading

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