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Casa Loma Hotel

2626-2648 East Eleventh, Tulsa

The 1927 Casa Loma Hotel building fills an entire half-block along East Eleventh Street and Columbia Avenue. Because Eleventh Street was paved and the Eleventh Street Bridge provided a convenient crossing of the Arkansas River, the original alignment of U.S. 66 was moved to Eleventh Street in 1933. Like many businesses along the historic highway, the Casa Loma Hotel served local customers and travelers too. Constructed for both hotel and commercial space, the Casa Loma hosted overnight guests on the second floor and local shoppers in the drugstores, restaurants, beauty and barber shops, and grocery store on the first floor. The hotel is an excellent example of the Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style so popular for commercial building design in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Outstanding features of the building include the short towers at the end facades visually anchoring it to the street corners, the S-shaped clay tile and hipped-roof towers, scrolls, twisted engaged columns, sharp parapets, decorative cartouche and balconet over the entry. A recent rehabilitation of the Casa Loma ensures it will continue to play an important role in Tulsa's economy and serve as a landmark on the Mother Road.