|320 South Boston Building today.|
|Artist's rendering of completed building prior to expansion.|
This handsome 22-story high rise building with 10 story wings on each side is known simply as the 320 South Boston Building. In the past it has had several names.
|1927 photo. New addition on the left, old on the right.|
A new 10 story building at 320 S. Boston was completed in 1917 to be the home of the Exchange National Bank. It stood ten stories tall and at that time was the largest bank in
|Revolving Brass door and Gilt carved trim.|
Amidst a downtown building frenzy in 1929, the bank was expanded by adding the left wing and a 22 story central tower. The addition brought the building's height to 400 feet (122 m), making it the tallest building in Oklahoma at the time.
The architect was George Winkler, who also designed the Mayo Hotel. One of the bank's major investors was Harry Sinclair who became the bank's president.
|In 1948 these were the only escalators in Oklahoma|
At the time, it was a $2 billion bank with 20 branches in Oklahoma. Under Kaiser's ownership, BOK began an aggressive expansion effort. BOK's expansion strategy is to locate in growing markets near Oklahoma.
(Older photos courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society. Text from Wikipedia, mostly)
|Old Main Lobby|
|Main lobby today|
|Decorative stone trim|
|Ceiling and decorative stone work|
|The Vault. Very strong. A safe place to keep your treasure.|