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Photographs of Oklahoma City

21412.M45.13, Z.P. Meyers/Barney Hillerman Photographic Collection, OHS (map #2E)

Braniff Building

Address: 324 North Robinson Avenue

View: Southeast

Date: April 1941

Architect: Layton, Hicks and Forsyth (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 56)

Built: 1923 (Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory)

"One of Oklahoma City's most aggressive businessmen during the early 1920s was Thomas E. Braniff. In 1923, after making a fortune in the insurance business, he constructed the Braniff Building on North Robinson. Designed by the famous architectural firm of Layton, Hicks and Forsythe, the ten-story buff-brick building was a good example of neo-classical ornamentation typical of the period. Braniff's business career expanded even quicker after moving into his new building. The most famous of his accomplishments, and one which brought benefits to himself, Oklahoma City, and the nation, was the development of Braniff Airlines. Begun with only a five-place Stinson Detroiter, the first Braniff flight took off on June 20, 1928, bound for Tulsa. By the early 1940s the company had expanded to 270 employees, 10,000 route miles, and international connections, all directed from the Braniff Building." (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 56)

Click points or areas on the map to view historic photographs of downtown Oklahoma City.

Ford Assembling Plant
Municipal Auditorium
Bird’s Eye View of Civic Center and 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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Parade on Broadway
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Aerial View
Bird’s Eye View
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The Z. P. Meyers/Barney Hillerman Photographic Collection

The Z. P. Meyers/Barney Hillerman Photographic Collection includes thousands of images, many of which depict businesses in Oklahoma City. Many photographs in the collection are from the Meyers Photo Shop, which employed Barney Hillerman and other photographers. This map highlights significant buildings in the downtown Oklahoma City area, as well as street and aerial views. The map features images dating from the late 1920s to the 1960s.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Pauline Dwyer Macklanburg and Robert A. Macklanburg Jr. Foundation.

You can view more images from the Z. P. Meyers/Barney Hillerman Photographic Collection on The Gateway to Oklahoma History. Visit The Gateway to Oklahoma History.