For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome! I’m Liz Ingersoll. Owner and photographer of Mia Bella Art (translation My Beautiful Art).
As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve had this page for a couple of years but just recently decided to make a real go of blogging.
In an effort to keep me on track until I get in the habit of writing on a regular basis, I’ve decided to start with an alphabetic tour of Tulsa (A is for Atlas Life, B is for Brady Theater, BOK Center or Blue Dome, I haven’t decided yet and C is for Cains or Council Oak or something that starts with a C…) You get it, right?
Great! Let’s get started!
As a photographer in Tulsa, one of the first things many of us rush to photograph is downtown! So it should come as no surprise that my first ‘A’ photo is of the historic Atlas Life Building.
The building is located at 435 S Boston Ave Tulsa, OK 74103 and was completed in 1922. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 19, 2009.
The four-story vertical neon sign was installed in 1946 and has become the buildings most recognizable feature making it a favorite T-town landmark.
Atop the sign is a figure of Atlas, a Titan of Greek mythology carrying the world on his back. A statue representing the same is on top of the building facade as well as integrated into the company’s name, public space clock, door and key plates throughout the building.
Although the building was recently renovated in 2010 by the new owners Courtyard Marriott Hotel, they were thoughtful to keep some of it’s original historic significance and charm on the 7th floor.
So if you’ve never been inside or taken the time to admire the buildings beautiful architecture I sure hope you’ll go check it out because it’s definitely worth adding to your list of things to go see and do in downtown Tulsa.
Until next time!
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