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Photographs of Oklahoma City

21412.M71.1, Z.P. Meyers/Barney Hillerman Photographic Collection, OHS (map #2O)

Elks Lodge Building (Key Building, Oklahoma Natural Gas Building)

Address: 401 North Harvey Avenue

View: Northwest

Date: September 1944

Architectural Style: Italian Renaissance (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 59)

Architect: Sorey, Hill and Sorey (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 59)

Built: 1926 (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 59)

"The cultural and social climate of the 1920s encouraged participation in fraternal organizations. One of the most active and prosperous groups was The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, which had organized their first lodge in Oklahoma City in 1898. Not until the 1920s, however, could the lodge afford to construct a large meeting hall. In 1925, with members pledging $500,000, the lodge hired the architectural firm of Sorey, Hill and Sorey to construct a twelve-story hall. Begun in March of 1926, construction progressed until five stories were erected: then the cash was exhausted. The resulting building's dominant style was Italian Renaissance, with cut limestone, double-arched windows, and wrought-iron balconies. The Elks remained in the building for five years before suffering the same fate as the Masons. The economic depression forced the lodge to sell the ornate structure to the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company. In 1947 the gas distribution firm purchased the structure." (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 59)

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
Street View
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Parade on Broadway
Street View
Street View
Aerial View
Bird’s Eye View
Bird’s Eye View
Bird’s Eye View

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.