Wednesday, August 19, 2009

City Veterinary Hospital, 1942

3550 South Peoria Avenue

The City Veterinary Hospital was designed by Joseph R. Koberling, Jr. and built in 1942. It was built to be a Veterinary Hospital and has been in continual use as such to this day. It is a little streamline art deco jewel box.

It is a one-story, buff brick building with rounded Streamline corners, and large, full curved glass block windows. It has a flat roof with a banded parapet and a curved, smooth metal-faced canopy above the entrance. The "3-bar modern" parapet is similar to those seen earlier on the Tulsa Monument Building (HERE).

The rounded Glass block sections are very attractive and provide excellent interior illumination. The front of the clinic faces east toward Peoria.

Looking back out from the lobby through the front entrance.

The solid walls and terrazzo floors are attractive and very durable. Although the building is essentially in its original condition it has been brought up to date with additional lighting and central heating and air conditioning.

The surgery is in the Southeast corner. Although modern lighting is in place the glass block wall floods the room with natural light.

I have used this clinic for my pets since moving to Tulsa in 1993 when it was operated by the late Dr. Rick Pickard. It is now operated by Dr. Chet S. Thomas who was kind enough to give me a tour.

A kennel extends to the west and has several sets of cages like this one. The door faces north and connects to outside dog runs.

The dog runs are on the north side out of the sun. Full boarding services are provided for dogs and cats.
(Partially excepted from
Tulsa Preservation Commission)


  1. I've always thought it was a very handsome building. I'm glad that it is still in use and in good shape. Great post!

  2. I think we took our dog there back in the early 1960's. Have always admired it from afar- thanks for the peek inside!

  3. You can definately see the "Koberling" in this building! If you compare this with his two fire stations at 6th & Lewis and 36th & Lewis you can see the similarities in the construction. I don't know if people realize it, but Koberling was a student of Adah Robinson!
    Rachel Shoemaker

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