Skirvin Hotel

31
City/Town: Oklahoma City
Location Class: Hotel/Motel
Year Built: 1910
Year Abandoned: 1988-2006
Status: Restored
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

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.

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Liked it? Help AOK take action to save some of these places on Patreon! Donations will help fund clean ups, securing of buildings and hopeful restorations as we work with the owners who want to bring them back to life.
Share.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
31 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Mike
Mike
4 years ago

Great!

elevator acc control
4 years ago

Elevator Access Control systems allow people access to certain floors within a scheduled time frame. The system can control one or more elevator controllers in a

elevator keyless ent
5 years ago

Are you looking for elevator keyless entry.If you want to to buy elevator keyless entry then you will get some security advantages. DT4 – Elevator Access Control – Motherboard Controller – Controls and monitor up to eight (8) floors, expandable to forty (40) floors. Net-workable to support up to twenty (20) elevators. Supports up to forty floors per elevator and up to twenty elevators. 1. Modular and networkable. Motherboard controller supports up to eight floors and five expansion modules. 2.Complete management software version for companies and institutions, commercial and residential buildings, hotels and health centers. 3.Control and monitor users access,… Read more »

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
5 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
6 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
6 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.

Renovations Calgary
8 years ago

Keep in mind that many remodelers focus on specific projects. The particular contractor that you contact may not be able to undertake your project, but they should be able to refer you to an equally quality remodeler that will.

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!

if_u_only_knew
if_u_only_knew
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.

Joyce Spring
9 years ago

The Skirvin Hotel was where my husband and I spent our 40th anniversary last year. We enjoyed our stay. I have also enjoyed reading all about the Skirvin’s history. My mother claims to have purchased a large picture that hung in the Skirvin prior to it’s renovation. She passed a few years ago and I now have that picture. It is large- 36″x43″. The frame is gold but has a small green area close to the enterior part. The art work carries a plaque that says; Sir John Dean Paul Old England. I was hoping someone could tell me if… Read more »

megan
megan
9 years ago

this place is beautiful but creepy!!! my uncle is a cook there and one night he was in the kitchen cleaning dishes when suddenly he heard pots and pans banging but no one was there!!! i passed it one time while going to the okc bombing memorial and just being around that building gave me bad vibes……i did not like it at al!!!!

sch
sch
9 years ago

My Mom was a waitress at the Skirvin around the 50's and/or 60's. So glad to see the Skirvin has been renovated.

Phoenix59
Phoenix59
9 years ago

I stayed at the Skirvin in July 1980 with a group of friends who rented a room for a cast party after finishing a college theater production. There were so few people staying there that we wandered the halls at 2am and never saw a soul. We ended up dancing to imagined music in the old ballroom which appeared not to have been used for years. So glad that it's been restored now.

Shelley Woodson
10 years ago

My spouse and I stayed at the newly renovated Skirvin during our last visit to OKC. It was a marvelous experience!

Thank you for the fascinating and important website!

Alex Martin
Alex Martin
11 years ago

That has to be the most amazing building I ever seen.

Rick Murphey
Rick Murphey
11 years ago

I attended my 1970 senior prom at the Skirvin. Glad to see it has been restored.

Stephen Thomas
Stephen Thomas
11 years ago

everyone in oklahoma has heard stories about the skirvin. a couple of years ago before they had started the renovation, me and some friends were walking around downtown and walked through the parking garage that is kinda atatched to the skirvin. we ran into a homeless guy who was coming out of the back door of the skirvin. we came back later that night and went inside though that door. this is truely one of the coolest abandoned buildings I have ever been to!

AbandonedOK Team
AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  Stephen Thomas
11 years ago

We would love to see some pictures if you have any! You can go to our submit photos page and read how to do that. If you send some, I can update the place with your new photos.

Copyright 2008-2020 by AbandonedOK.com - info@AbandonedOK.com - Designed By Michael Schwarz - Disclaimer

error: Content is copyright protected by The Abandoned Atlas Foundation. To request the use of information/media: AbandonedOK.com/request
31
0
Have history here? Would love hear your stories or your thoughts.x
()
x