A few months ago I posted a 'Now and Then' for the former Coney Island. I mentioned that the building that housed Coney Island was once the Downtowner Motor Inn but could not find any images of the motel except for the postcard below. Today I was looking at some pictures and noticed that behind the Morris Plan Company building was the Downtowner sign! Unfortunately, both the Morris Plan Company building and the Downtowner Motor Inn have been demolished and are parking lots. The Guaranty Abstract building next to Morris Plan is still standing, although it has gone through some cosmetic changes.
The Art Deco treasure known as Boulder on the Park was built in 1922 as a schoolhouse for Holland Hall. Holland Hall soon outgrew the nine classroom building and left in 1932. Since then Boulder on the Park has housed several other businesses, including KTUL as shown in the picture below. After decades of falling into disrepair the building was renovated in the early 2000's to its former glory and was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2003.
The Bruce Goff designed Day Building has lived through many of Downtown Tulsa's booms and busts. Opened in 1926, it was originally home to Grant's Lunch and was later replaced by Borden's Cafe. Borden's gave way to arguably the most beloved resident of 514 South Boston, Nelson's Buffeteria. Famous for their home-cooked chicken fried steak, Nelson's was at this location from 1949 to 2004. Since 2008 it has been the home of Mexican restaurant Elote.
James Andrew Waldrep moved to Tulsa and opened a wholesale confectionary in 1905. His wholesale company had a location on 3rd Street--the building is still there today.
Started in 2007, Forgotten Tulsa's goal is to document the city's rich history. Any pictures that I have not created will be credited. All suggestions and memories are encouraged and appreciated. Follow on Instagram @forgottentulsa.