Thompson Building

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Thompson Building
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The Thompson Building in downtown Tulsa
General information
TypeOffice [1]
Location20 East Fifth Street, [1] Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Coordinates 36°09′05″N95°59′20″W / 36.15139°N 95.98889°W / 36.15139; -95.98889 Coordinates: 36°09′05″N95°59′20″W / 36.15139°N 95.98889°W / 36.15139; -95.98889
Completed1923, 1929 [1]
Opening1923 [1]
Height
Roof215 ft (66 m) [2]
Technical details
Floor count15 [1]
Design and construction
Architect Arthur M. Atkinson

The Thompson Building is a historic high-rise building in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The building rises 215 feet (66 m) in downtown Tulsa. [2] It contains 15 floors, [1] and was completed in 1923. [2] The First National Bank Building currently stands as the 17th-tallest building in the city, and the 36th-tallest building in the state of Oklahoma. The architect who designed the building was Arthur M. Atkinson.

Tulsa, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 45th-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2018, the population was 403,035, an increase of 11,129 since the 2010 Census. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 991,005 residents in the MSA and 1,251,172 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

The Thompson Building was originally constructed in 1923 as a 10-story low-rise commercial building by brothers William, Jay, and Rob Thompson to serve as the business home for their ranches - a role the building fulfilled for 58 years. [2] [3] When Tidewater Oil and Gas approached the Thompson brothers in 1929 seeking office space in downtown Tulsa, the brothers hired Rucks-Brandt Construction to add five additional floors to the structure as well as a copper-tiled steeple reaching another five floors, bringing the high-rise to its present height. [2] [4] The building was constructed in the Beaux Arts architectural style, [1] and is the 2nd-tallest Beaux Arts high-rise in Tulsa, after the Mayo Hotel.

Beaux-Arts architecture Expresses the academic neoclassical architectural style

Beaux-Artsarchitecture was the academic architectural style taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, particularly from the 1830s to the end of the 19th century. It drew upon the principles of French neoclassicism, but also incorporated Gothic and Renaissance elements, and used modern materials, such as iron and glass. It was an important style in France until the end of the 19th century. It also had a strong influence on architecture in the United States, because of the many prominent American architects who studied at the Beaux-Arts, including Henry Hobson Richardson, John Galen Howard, Daniel Burnham, and Louis Sullivan.

Mayo Hotel United States historic place

The Mayo Hotel is a 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) historic building located in downtown Tulsa in Oklahoma, US, at 115 West 5th Street. This Chicago School (Sullivanesque) building was built in 1925. It was designed by the architect George Winkler and financed by John D. and Cass A. Mayo. The base of two-story Doric columns supports fourteen floors marked with false terracotta balconies, and a two-story crown of stone and a dentiled cornice It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It was listed under National Register Criterion C, and its NRIS number is 80003303.

See also

Tulsa is a hub of art deco and contemporary architecture, and most buildings of Tulsa are in either of these two styles. Prominent buildings include the BOK Tower, the second tallest building in Oklahoma; the futurist Oral Roberts University campus and adjacent Cityplex Towers, a group of towers that includes the third tallest building in Oklahoma; Boston Avenue Methodist Church, an Art Deco church designated as a National Historic Landmark; and the BOK Center, an 18,000 seat arena in downtown Tulsa.

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