Art Deco Tour
2 to 4 hour, step-on guide service
Hear about and see the sites that tell the story of Tulsa from its beginning to its presence today as a diverse and beautiful city. Hear of the men and women, Native Americans and cowboys, back when the Indians were the cowboys! Hear about those who came to strike it rich and the locals who also struck it rich; settlers from all parts of this country and the world who were responsible for Tulsa’s beginnings and its oil-boom growth.
Tulsa, known for its art deco architecture, is also known as “terra-cotta city” for the elaborate ornamentation including gargoyles on some of the downtown buildings. On this tour we will drive by and maybe go inside to see the lobbies of several of these historic buildings. We’ll travel to the Creek Council Oak Tree and Park where the original Tulsans settled and named Tulsa”Tullasi”. We’ll drive through “Black Gold Row,” blocks of mansions built by the oilmen in the 1920s when Tulsa was the “Oil Capitol” of the entire world! We may drive by the Philbrook Museum of Art, once the private home of Waite Phillips, one of the oil barons from early Tulsa. We could see the Gilcrease Museum on our tour or take a walk through the beautiful Tulsa Rose Garden, home of over 10,000 varieties of roses, and drive to the campus of Oral Roberts University to see the Praying Hands. We may go to historic Greenwood, once called “Black Wall Street,” home of a thriving African-American community in the early 20th century; then on to the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park where the history of African-Americans in this country and in Tulsa is told in sculpture. This park, built to honor the survivors of what has been called a race riot that occurred in 1921, is a place for hope and reconciliation between races.
Tulsa, once called “Magic City” and the south’s “Most Beautiful City,” has a powerful and moving story that can be seen through its past and present. The history of Tulsa and the remarkable resilience and indomitable spirit of its friendly and generous people make Tulsa as exciting to visit today as it was when it was the “Oil Capitol of the World.”