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Photographs of Oklahoma City

21412.M480.2, Z.P. Meyers/Barney Hillerman Photographic Collection, OHS (map #4U)

Hotel Kingkade

Address: 17–19 West Grand Avenue (Sheridan Avenue)

View: Northeast

Built: 1912 (Edwards and Ottaway, Vanished Splendor 70-71)

"Andrew Kingkade arrived in Oklahoma City in 1908, intending to go into the insurance and mortgage loan business. He soon became interested in building a hotel with his friend E.L. Lawrence. Each man built his own hotel, both opening in 1912. Kingkade's was at 19 West Grand and the Lawrence Hotel at 17 West Grand. Calling itself a 'quiet refined place to stop when in Capitol City,' the new hotel evidently tried to distinguish itself from some of its more boisterous competitors. Political meetings made the Lee-Huckins, for instance, a lively spot, especially during the years immediately prior to statehood, but the Kingkade sought to establish a more sedate image, although a number of state legislators lived there, and a certain amount of politicking must have gone on. When it first opened, Lorenzo Rardin was president and Clarence T. Williams was vice president and manager….Originally an eight-story structure, the Kingkade soon expanded upward with the addition of three more floors, while the Lawrence remained the same height. After World War II the Kingkade gradually declined along with downtown hotels all over the country, until the coming of the Myriad Convention Center brought its history to an end. After the 1968 Thanksgiving dinner served in its coffee shop, the Kingkade ceased operations and was soon razed." (Edwards and Ottaway, Vanished Splendor 70-71)

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.