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Montgomery Ward Building (OLI)

Address: 500 W. Main St.

View: Southwest

Image Date: Unknown

Architectural Style: Art Deco (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 65)

Built: 1928 (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 65)

"The social and economic changes of the 1920s affected Oklahoma's business community in numerous ways, such as the locations of firms, construction of buildings, and the size of individual companies. The decade of change also spawned a generation of new businesses – chain department stores. One of the earliest and largest department stores to enter the Oklahoma County market was Montgomery Wards, which constructed its five-story multi-purpose building on West Main Street in 1928. This ornate art deco building was one of ten 'department' stores which the national catalog sales firm opened during the late 1920s. Montgomery Wards remained in the building until 1966, when social changes again forced a policy transition. This time it was the population shift toward the suburbs. Wards responded by constructing a new department store in a suburban mall and closing their downtown outlet." (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 65)

Ford Assembling Plant
Municipal Auditorium
Bird's Eye View of Civic Center & Courthouse
Old County Courthouse
Montgomery Ward Building
Hotel Black
Motor Hotel
Plaza Court
Gene Jones Motor Co.
Magnolia Petroleum Company
Rockwell Apartments
Masonic Temple (Home State Life Building)
Kirkpatrick Hotel
Elks Lodge (Key Building, ONG Building)
Federal Building
US Post Office
Federal Reserve Bank
Cotton-Exchange Building
Oklahoma County Courthouse
Hightower Building
Mercantile Building (Levy Building)
Majestic Building
First National Building
Wright Building
Skirvin Tower
Rock Island Railroad Depot
Skirvin Hotel
Insurance Building
Public Warehouse Company
Patterson and Hoffman Wholesale Cigars and Pipes
Milner Hotel
Hotel Kingkade
Herskowitz Building
Santa Fe Railroad Station
Wells Roberts Hotel
Sooner Theatre
Colcord Building
Baltimore Building
Midwest Theatre
Katz Drug
The American National Building
Empire Building
Criterion Theatre
Biltmore Hotel
Oklahoma Club Building
Farmer's National Bank Building
Commerce Exchange Building
Huckins Hotel, Huckins Garage
Campbell Building
Hales Building
Fidelity Bank
Britling Cafeteria
Manly Office Supply Company
Perrine Building, Cravens Building
Baum Building
Security National Building
Ramsey Tower, City National Building
Petroleum Building
Franklin Building
Braniff Building
Kerr-McGee Building
Capitol Federal Savings and Loan
Telephone, Pioneer, Southwestern Bell
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