When the Philtower Building was completed in 1928, it was the tallest building in Oklahoma. This unusual ornate Gothic Style skyscraper was designed with a polychromatic tile roof and was affectionately called "Queen of the Tulsa Skyline" during the roaring twenties and Tulsa's oil boom years.
Below is a vintage postcard of the newly constructed building
The Philtower derived it's name from its owner Waite Phillips, who had his office on the top floor of the office building. He later built the Philcade building across the street and lived there after he gave his mansion the Philbrook, to the city of Tulsa to be used as a museum.
Here are some views from the street level
The building is adorned with several gargoyles, this one holding a building is one of my favorites
The Philtower lobby features floors, walls and ceilings of marble with accents of Honduran mahogany doors and trim. The carved fan vault ceilings are one of its most striking features. There are also large brass elevator doors and brass chandeliers done in a Gothic style.
One end of the lobby features a clock inscribed with the year it was complete (1928) and Waite Phillips initials in a small crest below.
The lobby also features a construction photo of the building
There is a marble stair case in the lobby that is adorned with Gothic arches.
The lobby also has on display, a few copies of the original architectural drawings and some of the building's history.
The basement of the Philtower features an underground tunnel to the Philcade across the street. It is said that Waite used the tunnel to travel from his office to his penthouse home to avoid being kidnapped for ransom because of his wealth.
To see my post about the Philcade tower, click HERE