Skirvin Hotel

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Year Built: 1910 | Year Abandoned: 1988-2006
Status: Restored
Photojournalist: AbandonedOK Team

The Skirvin Hotel built in 1910 by oilman W.B. Skirvin, who was determined to have the finest hotel in the Southwest. Opening its doors in 1911, the plush hotel had two, 10-story towers containing 224 rooms, was one of the first buildings in Oklahoma City to have air conditioning, then called “iced air,” had running ice water in each room, a ballroom that seated 500, and imported Austrian chandeliers that cost more than $100,000 each.

Skirvin’s daughter, Perl Mesta, brought the hotel a national reputation by being the ambassadress to Luxembourg, and then Washington’s “Hostess with the Mostess,” portrayed in the famed Broadway musical, “Call Me Madam.”

In 1930, a third wing was added, raising the structure to 14 stories and increasing capacity to 525 rooms.

The Oklahoma showplace became a popular speak-easy during prohibition. It was during this time that W.B. Skirvin was said to have had an affair with one of the hotel maids. According to legend, the maid soon conceived and in order to prevent a scandal, she was locked in a room on the top floor of the hotel.  The desolate girl soon grew depressed and even after the birth of her child; she was still not let out of the room. Half out of her mind, she finally grabbed the infant child and threw herself, along with the baby, out of the window.

The maid’s name remains unknown, but her ghost continues to haunt the Skirvin Hotel and she was nicknamed “Effie” by former employees.

In October, 1979 the hotel was listed on National Register of Historic Places. When it closed in 1988 the building stood empty for almost fifteen years. However, the historic hotel has now been fully restored and now open once again for guests.

The $46.4 million project included the original exterior finish, installation of historically accurate windows, reconfigured guest rooms, new guest elevators, an elegant lobby, restaurants, and state-of-the-art meeting rooms. Wherever possible, historical elements such as moldings, tiles and ceiling treatments were incorporated into the design.

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Markjoseph
1 month ago

I have visited this hotel the service was very good and really enjoyed the atmosphere over there thanks for this kindness.

Brenda
Brenda
1 year ago

So glad this was redone. Beautiful

Sean
2 years ago

The history of this hotel is so interesting, I’m glad I took the time to read this article. The complete restoration of this hotel is fascinating considering all the history behind it.

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

Haunted…such a crock… was full of bums stripping the place of anything valuable. The affair with the maid is made up bunk too.

Undangan Pernikahan
4 years ago

thanks for sharing this article

Undangan Pernikahan
4 years ago

good contruction

Mila
5 years ago

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hotel geinberg
5 years ago

This is the crown jewel of the MAPS initiative.The Skirvin is a romantic place.People are passionate about it.Its history is as one from the history of Oklahoma City.If you were in the lobby of the Skirvin Hotel,whatever was going ahead in Oklahoma City would pass directly before you.@Kim Martin.

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

Great!

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shouldntsay
shouldntsay
5 years ago

I remember going through it in the early 90's, spooky, but fun for college students. Also helped a lot of us with newish sheets, utensils, etc. Still have a few things from then. It was fun to go up on the roof.

arwebstaff
6 years ago

I think that the restoration is an amazing idea! All the artwork inside and out deserves to be enjoyed for future generations Also, May Effie rest in peace. Although there are worse places then this historical gem to spend an eternity.

Star
Star
7 years ago

I always loved looking at this place. It made me sad to see it falling apart and empty all those years. I'm so glad it's back!

Ryan
Ryan
7 years ago

Get a job and buy a house you damn bum

Jesse Powell
Jesse Powell
8 years ago

I actually worked Security during its renovation,i worked while the building was being cleaned and restored.I can tell you for sure that the buiding is haunted, my partner and i were up on the 6th floor looking out a window and we heard someone running up the stairs,the building had been locked up tighly and no one could have possibly gotten, so we took off down the hall and upthe stairs ,me at one end and my partner at the other. We ran all the way up checking each floor and found no one. Many times we heard people in… Read more »

MontyKohn
MontyKohn
8 years ago

Lady Lelouch why don't you and all the other sociopathic right-wing moonbats go and jam it sideways!

Lady Lelouch
Lady Lelouch
Reply to  MontyKohn
8 years ago

Actually, I'm quite the oppositte of a "sociopathic right-wing moonbat." Though I probably could have worded my post much better.

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8 years ago

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homelessholocause
9 years ago

There you go. Tresspassing is Illegal, unless you are Homeless. You rich people keep bring the Heat down on us! You pICTUER TAKING FOOLS have created a POLICE STATE where we Poor Homeless Hobos cannot find a Safe Place to Live anymore! YOU SHOULD PAY RENT FOR US! It takes ALL DAY PAN HANDELING to just buy TOP TOBACCO! $5.75+ Tax! At Least we USED TO BE ABLE to find a Good Warm Place to SLEEP, But YOU PICTURE TAKERS DRAW the POLICE and OTHER "DOPE FEIND" Teen Aged "HOMELESS KILLERS" Into OUR SANTCTURY! Shame on YOU!

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Reply to  homelessholocause
9 years ago

thats kinda funny that you say that your homeless but you can get on a computer and post this comment on this website…

Lady Lelouch
Lady Lelouch
Reply to  homelessholocause
9 years ago

No shame on you! Tresspassing is illegal even if you are homeless. These old buildings are not yours sleep in and crap all over. Live in a proper shelter for a while, get a job, AND PAY YOUR OWN RENT! 5.75 for tobacco? Why don't you buy yourself a loaf of bread with that money so you can eat for a few days? And why the heck do you have a wordpress if you're homeless? Instead of bitching all day on the internet about how tough you have it, why don't you get up off your behind and FIX IT.… Read more »

homelessholocaust
9 years ago

my father was thw Bookkeeper/ Night Manager at the Skirvin from 1975-1978. He got a autograph from Elvis Preslry when Elvis was there. I cannot add much, Dad is passed away & all his family Pictuers & Letters were destroyed in Mulhall.

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