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Tulsa Mid-Century Modern Banks

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Spirit Bank
Tulsa, OK
This Spirit Bank building was built in the mid-1950s as the Shell Building. It was designed by McCune & McCune. [map]

former Sooner Federal Savings & Loan [gone]
Tulsa, OK
This former Sooner Federal Savings & Loan appeared to be from the 1950s. The building was vacant when these photos were taken in 2012. It had last housed a Bank of America. It was demolished in 2014.

Smith Brothers Abstract Co.
Tulsa, OK
The Smith Brothers Abstract Co. was established in 1920. This building was designed by Robert Buchner. It was built in 1956 and originally housed the Ponca City Savings and Loan. The building was designed by Robert E. Buchner. Smith Brothers moved across the street in 2007. These photos are from 2011. In 2014, the building's white paint was powerwashed off the exterior and it was restored to the original Virginia greenstone. The building now houses the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Chase Auto Bank
Tulsa, OK
This Chase Auto Bank was built from 1958-1959 as the First National Autobank. It was designed by McCune & McCune. The bank featured drive-thru service with six lanes, making it the largest motorbank in the country at the time. A Harry Bertoia fountain that was located here has been moved a few blocks away. The motorbank is still in use. The bank also featured the Tom Tom Room which was used as private conference space. Since 2012, the building has housed The Vault restaurant and bar. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]