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Photographs of Oklahoma City

21412.M137.55, Z.P. Meyers/Barney Hillerman Photographic Collection, OHS (map #2V)

Magnolia Petroleum Company Building

Address: 801 North Broadway

View: Southeast

Architect: Hawk and Parr (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 47)

"As the automobile industry blossomed, demands for gasoline and oil increased. New wells had to be drilled, more pipeline had to be laid, and new retail outlets had to be built. One company which represented all three phases of the new, active oil industry was the Magnolia Petroleum Company. Organized before 1900 in Texas, Magnolia became the Southwest's largest pipeline/distribution firm. Expanding into Oklahoma, the aggressive company entered the exploration field and retail sales operations. By 1918 the firm's operations in Oklahoma mandated a large, centralized headquarters building, so company officials hired the architectural firm of Hawk and Parr to design a suitable building. The result was a five-story brick office building with a drive-through filling station on the ground level. The structure's arches and stonework made it a landmark on the north side of town. Magnolia remained in the building until 1960, when Mobil Oil Company purchased the company. After 1960 the archways were filled with cinder blocks in an attempt to attract a new tenant, all to no avail. After sitting empty for more than fifteen years, the old structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is finally being renovated for office space." (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 47)

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.