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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Joan Engelhardt
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We are currently trying to recreate the chandeliers for the renovation, so if anyone has any photos of the chandeliers please forward them to me at:
jengel@cammanlighting.com

Thank you!!!

Joan

hobojoe
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hobojoe

**DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK**If you want to get into the building thwre is 2 ways in. #1. Go into the the ally on the left side of the building, you will see a wooden door that leads into the area that is between the tulsa club building and the parking garage. It is locked so hop it. Once you hop the fence you will see this concrete thing with a red tarp on it and a ladder going down. Climb up the ladder and go thru the hole and then walk thru the door and you are in!… Read more »

hobojoe
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hobojoe

Way #1 has been blocked

Autonomy
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Autonomy

On a quite Sunday I captured some video with my drone of the Tulsa Club. https://youtu.be/UbhaXfE8YH4

Brian Huffman
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Brian Huffman

Would love the opportunity to be a part of the renovations to such a beautiful and historical structure!

Grady Kerr
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Grady Kerr

Fantastic – a few years ago I spoke with someone at Ross Group about the building’s history and some form of display in tribute to the birth of the Barbershop Harmony Society who held their very first meeting on the roof garden April 11, 1938. I’m hopeful someone remembers and we are a part of the plan – happy to help – Grady Kerr –BHS Historian.

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Your article is very good. Thanks for sharing

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