The Savoy Hotel

City/Town: Nowata
Location Class: Hotel/Motel
Year Built: 1909 | Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Billy DixonDavid LindeJohnny Fletcher

The Savoy Hotel was built in 1909 as a modern elegant hotel with 62 rooms. It was built to accommodate the many new visitors, workers, and businessmen coming to the oil and gas boom town of Nowata, Oklahoma. This year, 2009, represents her 100-year anniversary. So saving this wonderful structure from complete destruction is a fitting birthday present to bestow upon this year.

An oil well drilled in Nowata struck “radium” water at a depth of 1500 feet. Many people touted the health benefits of this water and thus the Savoy hotel added “Radium Water Baths”. So on February 16, 1916, J. R. Cruff started a Radium water bathhouse at the Savoy. The bathhouse had the latest and most modern apparatus with bathing experts in charge.
The mineral baths were good at healing for rheumatism, stomach trouble, malaria, nervous trouble, skin diseases, as said by the owner J.R. CRUFF. (source: Men of Affairs and representative Institutions of OK, 1916)

In the 1940’s it was the County Hospital.

Some renovation was done in the 1990’s and the building was used for events, dinners, weddings, and even for a feature film, “Possums”, in 1998.

But the roof began leaking a few years ago and soon nature was rapidly trying to reclaim what man had built 100 years ago.

For much more information, and to learn about helping to preserve this great piece of history, visit

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Gerald Baum
3 years ago

My companion's grandparents in-law used to claim this building. My companion and her better half had two flats there, the main transitory while they arranged the other. The proprietors additionally lived in a loft there. They were all on the second floor. We ventured up to the third floor once, even in 2002 it was a dubious place. I trust the last time I remained there was in 2003

Joe Swaim
Joe Swaim
3 years ago

I was born in the Savoy. The West half of the 2nd floor were apts and the East half was the hospital. Mom walked down the hall to the hospital and I was delivered by Dr Kiefer Davis on May 6, 1942. In 1947, we moved back to Nowata from Alluwe to 114 E Modoc St, and I started grade school in 1948.

Melissa Pittman
Melissa Pittman
Reply to  Joe Swaim
3 years ago

My grandfather was Dr. Kieffer Davis, and my father was also born there in 1944. We just stopped to look at the building. It's a shame someone isn't willing to renovate this beautiful building.

Joe Swaim
Joe Swaim
Reply to  Melissa Pittman
3 years ago

I had no idea Dr Davis had a son 2 yrs younger than me. We moved to Tulsa in Nov 1050 when I was in the 3rd grade, so your Dad would have just started the 1st. My teachers were 1st grade – Miss Dunn, 2nd – Mrs Richardson, and 3rd – Miss Zona McCracken. Your Grandfather also treated my Mom for poison ivy when she was in HS in Alluwe, in his office over the Rainbow Theater in the late 30's.

Post Malone
3 years ago

I really loved this article! It gave me some new insights I never really thought about before.

Rami Misbah Taha
4 years ago

Only a side note and cautioning: The 2 upper floors are exceptionally temperamental and not alright to explore because of water harm. We were exceptionally careful and didnt even get the opportunity to look at the third floor. If it's not too much trouble be cautious on the off chance that you attemt to enter this bldg.

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