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Will Rogers Hotel

524 West Will Rogers Boulevard, Claremore




Constructed in 1930, Claremore's Will Rogers Hotel is a six-story, rectangular building designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. It stands at the intersection of Lynn Riggs Avenue and Will Rogers Boulevard in the central business district and fronts onto the Mother Road. The elegant exterior consists of two-tone buff brick, stucco, terra cotta, and clay tile. Interior decorative elements exhibit influences from the American Southwest. A coffee shop, a drug store, a barber shop, a beauty shop, and a Montgomery Ward's department store were located on the hotel's first floor. The second floor mezzanine was the location of the ballroom as well as guest rooms. Floors three through five were dedicated to guest rooms, and the sixth floor was devoted to the hot mineral water baths, shower rooms, massage rooms, and a sun deck. Mineral baths attracted large numbers of visitors to Claremore, and the Will Rogers Hotel was the last and largest of the hotels constructed in Claremore connected to this economic development venture. The hotel closed in the early 1980s and sat vacant for several years. Then, in the early 1990s, it was sensitively rehabilitated and converted to senior housing.