Tulsa, Oklahoma's second largest city, is filled with historic gems dating to an early 1900s oil boom.
The Philbrook Museum of Art, 10 minutes south of downtown Tulsa, Okla. The museum's collection of fine art is housed in what was once the 72-room private villa of oilman Waite Phillips' family. The grounds include a magnificent 23-acre garden.
The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla., houses an expansive collection of art from the American West and an array of Native American artifacts. The museum was created from the private collection of Tulsa oilman Thomas Gilcrease.
The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, Okla., is one of a number of Tulsa buildings dating to the 1920s and notable for its architecture and history. The Mayo, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, hosted many famous guests including President John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, Babe Ruth and Charlie Chaplin.
The Philtower Building in Tulsa, Okla., was commissioned by oilman Waite Phillips and is known for its colorful tiled roof.
From David Halpern's "Tulsa Art Deco," the Warehouse Market tower in Tulsa, Okla.
The Blue Dome, along Route 66 in Tulsa, Okla., was constructed in 1924 and originally served as a Gulf Oil Station. It was the first gas station in Oklahoma to offer hot water and pressurized air as well as a car wash. The station attendant lived upstairs inside the dome.
From David Halpern's book "Tulsa Art Deco," the Tulsa Union Depot in Tulsa, Okla. The building is one of the examples of the city's art deco heritage that was recently showcased in the July/August edition of Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Tthe Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa, Okla., dates to 1929 and boasts a 258-foot-tall tower at the city's southeastern edge.
From David Halpern's "Tulsa Art Deco," the Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa, Okla.
From David Halpern's "Tulsa Art Deco," a detail from the Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa, Okla.
Cain's Ballroom, built in 1924 and known as the regular performing venue of Bob Willis, the "King of Western Swing," now draws a steady stream of big acts across all genres. It's one of a number of buildings in Tulsa that dates to an oil boom in the 1920s.
From David Halpern 's book "Tulsa Art Deco," a detail from the Tulsa Fire Alarm Building in Tulsa, Okla. The building was recently called "a minor masterpiece ... wrapped with a terra-cotta frieze depicting dragons and fire hoses," by Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.