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Route 66 Mobile Tour

Former location, 66 Motel

3660 Southwest Boulevard, Tulsa (Demolished after listing in the National Register of Historic Places)




The 66 Motel, constructed circa 1933, was located at 3512 Southwest Boulevard, part of the original alignment of U.S. Route 66. The motel's design was a vernacular interpretation of the Moderne style. Created to glorify the "machine age," the style was influenced by ship, airplane, and automobile designs, and it was popular for the design of roadside buildings from 1920 to 1940. Characteristics of the style present in the 66 Motel were the stucco exterior stepped parapet and a projecting, offset front entry. The building's rounded corners were in-filled with glass block. Motels were some of the most distinctive landmarks along the historic highway, and they are disappearing at an alarming rate.