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Oklahoma Club Building

Address: 202-208 W. Grand Ave. (Sheridan)

View: South

Image Date: Unknown

Architect: Hawk and Parr (Edwards and Ottaway, Vanished Splendor 72)

Built: 1921 (Edwards and Ottaway, Vanished Splendor 72)

"Built in 1921 and opened to its members in 1922, the Oklahoma Club Building was a delight to everyone. Designed by Oklahoma City architects Hawk and Parr, the structure was seven stories high with a light red brick veneer, white stone trim, and a red tile roof. The main floor had a spacious lounge, a cigar stand, and the manager's office. The club's main dining room was on the second floor and the members' wives and daughters enjoyed a ladies' parlor and five private dining rooms on the third floor. The fourth, fifth and sixth floors had apartments for members and their out-of-town guests. The top floor had one of the city's most beautiful ballrooms, available to members for dances or to outside organizations on rental basis. Located twenty-five feet west of Robinson, it was on the south side of the street at 202-208 West Grand. [Last] remembered as the Tivoli Inn, the entire building has disappeared." (Edwards and Ottaway, Vanished Splendor 72)

"Perhaps no where was the enthusiasm for Pei's plan more evident than at the Oklahoma Club, which got its start as an oasis for drinkers and gamblers during the heyday of national prohibition. The lower lobby of the club was described as a 'little Las Vegas,' filled with the sound of marbles rolling around roulette wheels, the mechanical chink of slot machines, and dice skipping across felt. The private club's membership included legislators and political power brokers, enough to encourage police to look the other way. With the end of prohibition and the growth of the suburbs and country clubs, the Oklahoma Club declined and finally closed in 1959." (Lackmeyer and Money 22)

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