Tulsa Club Building

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City/Town: Tulsa
Location Class: Commercial
Year Built: 1927
Year Abandoned: 1994
Status: Restored
Photojournalist: David Linde

This eleven-story building was designed by Bruce Goff. It was built through the joint effort of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and the Tulsa Club. The club, which was founded in 1925, was the place to be for businessmen to make deals at lunchtime and show off their wealth at evening dinners.

The building has 11 floors, which were dedicated to giant dining halls, smaller dining rooms, dormitories for men staying overnight, an athletic facility and dozens of small lounges and libraries. The club also had a gymnasium and barber shop. The top floor, known as Sky Terrace, seated 100 people for special luncheons and dinners. At the time of closing, club dues were about $119 a month plus any extras ordered at the club. When it opened, the club charged a $50 initiation fee and $19 a month dues.

The club’s interior had Art Deco ornamentation including fireplace tiles. Built of Bedford stone, the original 5th Street entrance was designed with abstract detailing above the doorway. The abandoned club building still held old big machines. Surprisingly, they weren’t sold or donated like you would donate car or other things.

After speaking to the Historical Society and the Tulsa Library, I was pointed to a great archive of historical pictures of the Tulsa Club Building. Enjoy!

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jean p[riest
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jean p[riest

You did an awesome job presenting this site. I thouroughly enjoyed it.

Alisse Ellis
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I hope someone restores this!

gclub
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I?m not certain the place you’re getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend a while learning much more or understanding more. Thank you for wonderful info I was searching for this information for my mission.

Bubba Williams
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Bubba Williams

Hopefully your mission is to learn to read and write

building service
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Remarkable things here. I’m very happy to peer your article. Thanks so much and I’m taking a look forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

John
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This is a cool building, too bad I don’t have any money. It would be the kind of place that needs to be brought back.

donita
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donita

hi john, i really agree with you…..it would be nice to restore it

Lauren Harned
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Lauren Harned

I can't even count how many times I've walked/driven by this building.. and had no idea if was designed by Goff! What a gem!
I will never ever understand vandalism, especially after seeing those old photographs. Thank you so much for sharing!

Ken
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Ken

great job!

Tery
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Tery

Wow!! What a good job you've done on this site!!! I am so, sad to see a Goff building sit and go to waste,and to read on your messages that a fire has now damaged it!! It would have made great flats for people to live in….do you know if it is worth saving now? Keep up the good work I enjoy the photos you share!!! Take care Tery

Calvin Glenn
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Calvin Glenn

Such a shame, even U.S. Presidents ate there,or future presidents,remember George Bush 41 attended a luncheon there

William Waller
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William Waller

The old Tulsa Club Building played a bigger role in the development of downtown Tulsa, and the the community generally, than many realize. It began life as the headquarters of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber signed a 99-year lease on the corner property and planned a 3-story building. That was in 1922. Then the just-formed Tulsa Club bought in and the building started to grow. It became the "Tulsa Building" when construction of an 11-story structure began in 1926. What has been little noted is that the building was not just to house the Chamber and the Tulsa… Read more »

Kimberly Owens
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Kimberly Owens

I have many fond memories of the Tulsa Club growing up. My grandfather's father-in-law F. Lee Kennedy had a membership there. So we spent many Thanksgivings and Christmas' there till my great grandfather passed in 1974. Then in 1983 my senior class had our prom there in the ball room.
It is so sad to see the building in such disrepair.

4evrnite
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4evrnite

Thank you for the trip down memory lane. My grandfather would be turning over in his grave, at the condition of the place now. He retired, from The Tulsa Club, after 32 years of service, as Sous Chef(right under the Head Chef, a really nice Italian fellow and good friend of the family), from the early 1950's to mid 1980's. Lots of good memories of him bringing home food and confectioneries from there. They had some of the best of the best chef's, in Oklahoma, working for them and the food was amazing. Of course, in order to get through… Read more »

Curious
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Curious

Can you enter this building today? It would make for fantastic pictures'

J@k3
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J@k3

There has been a fire recently. The building is heavily damaged. There is a court battle between the city of Tulsa and the curent owner. He has had several prospects but after the recent damage, the future of this buiding is in question.

citywurkor
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citywurkor

Another one you should try to explore in the Vandiver building. It is at 16 E. 5th st, just up from the Tulsa club. It has been abandoned every bit of 12 to 15 years.

Wonderful,wonderful site, keep up the great work.

Fiend
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Fiend

Oh I've had my eye on Vendevers for awhile now. Its sealed up tight and its got electric on inside which could mean alarms. So I may be forced to contact the owner…

citywurkor
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citywurkor

Fiend,
When I get to work Tuesday, I will see if I can get the owners name, ownership is connected with some other buildings on that block.

Fiend
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Fiend

Wonderful! You can contact me in the forum if you get any info. Other wise (sigh) I would have to contact a county clerk or someone and thats always a hassle…

a.saliga
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a.saliga

Apparently HTML is not allowed. Link to photo below.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew_saliga/141271

a.saliga
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a.saliga

Thanks for all the great photos and background info. I went in the building a few years ago with some of my friends. What struck me was how everything was just abandoned, almost in a hurry it seemed. Quite different at night, especially when pigeons swoop at you as you enter on the roof.

Anyways, here was my favorite shot I got from the place.

Thanks for putting together this site. I've been looking for one like this for quite awhile now.

PakChoi
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PakChoi

this really is an awesome old building…
here is the link for a youtube video that also has the Tulsa Club being explored

and those old photos of the Tulsa Club are really a good find, thank you.

keep up the good work man

Fiend
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Fiend

Hey, you should join the forum…

zadea
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zadea

WOW!!

j-jon
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j-jon

haha well i am thinking about buying it, just looking for investors

j-jon
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j-jon

Do you know if it is still for sale?

Fiend
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Fiend

Yes, it is. I read an article in the Tulsa World from Feb of this year stating that the current owner is trying to sell it. Anyone want to buy it, it would be a nice little weeked fixer upper hahaha.

psychosaw13
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psychosaw13

Friggin amazing! One of the best one’s yet (with the exception of the power plant)
I love the wooden lobby desk area!
Thanx Fiend!

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