Did You Know Tulsa, OK has an Underground Tunnels Tour put on by The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture?

IT does, every second Saturday of the month Is a different tour of architecture and culture!!! And I highly recommend going to get a little bit of respect, love and good old spirit for our city.

    This was one of the tunnels still used on a regular basis. It looked pretty much like a hallway, but connected the Bank of Oklahoma building to the Mid-Continent Tower. The latter of which we were not allowed to take photographs in, but at the time it was built, it was the most expensive building built to date!    

 

This was one of the tunnels still used on a regular basis. It looked pretty much like a hallway, but connected the Bank of Oklahoma building to the Mid-Continent Tower. The latter of which we were not allowed to take photographs in, but at the time it was built, it was the most expensive building built to date! 

 

 Shh...I took this somewhere I wasn't supposed to, but granted I had already taken the photo previous to our guide saying we were not allowed to photograph inside the building, OOPS!    

Shh...I took this somewhere I wasn't supposed to, but granted I had already taken the photo previous to our guide saying we were not allowed to photograph inside the building, OOPS! 

 

I kind of knew, but I now know!

So I kind of knew that Tulsa had a few underground tunnels but let me just tell you I had no idea how many buildings were connected by these tunnels and the best part...the amazing architecture! 

    This is called "wedding cake" Art Deco!  Fabulous and can be seen several places in downtown Tulsa. 

 

This is called "wedding cake" Art Deco!  Fabulous and can be seen several places in downtown Tulsa. 

So we started at the Mayo Hotel... 

Ya know, with a few friends, my mother-in-law and 400 of our other friends in the lobby of the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa, OK!  Apparently most of Tulsa wanted to do the tour as well and Facebook is an amazing way to advertise!  

They sold 400 tickets before 10:00 am in just one hour! Their typical tour is about 40 people or less.  

    Thankfully we were in the 2nd group of 40 to leave so the wait wasn't terrible. It pays off to show up early and wait in line!  

 

Thankfully we were in the 2nd group of 40 to leave so the wait wasn't terrible. It pays off to show up early and wait in line!  

I told the kids if they fussed while waiting here, we are NOT ready for Disney yet.  It is like this...FOR EVERY RIDE!!!!

     Here's the crew plus one friend, on the far right, waiting for our tour to begin. The Mayo Hotel was a grand place to visit and had a few places to do some checking into for the kids. 

 

Here's the crew plus one friend, on the far right, waiting for our tour to begin. The Mayo Hotel was a grand place to visit and had a few places to do some checking into for the kids. 

Did you know the Mayo Hotel Sold to its current owner for only $1.00?

There were so many tid-bits and facts dropped upon in the tour that I had no idea about,  until this point.  It gave me an even more love for my home town, and the care of the people working to preserve the hiSTORY of our Tulsa.  

 This sweet guy in the hat was our tour guide and he was a weath of knowledge PLUS you could tell he just has a passion for Tulsa and it's story. 

This sweet guy in the hat was our tour guide and he was a weath of knowledge PLUS you could tell he just has a passion for Tulsa and it's story. 

 This was a super cool building that has been restored almost to it's origin.  It is currently home to a Bank of Oklahoma Branch on it's ground floor so they said we couldn't take any images on the inside of the bank.

This was a super cool building that has been restored almost to it's origin.  It is currently home to a Bank of Oklahoma Branch on it's ground floor so they said we couldn't take any images on the inside of the bank.

I kind of think the vault alone was worth it...

Seriously, in the building above they walk you by the bank vault down in the basement.  It was pretty darn cool and I felt kind of like I was witnessing some real life scene out of Oceans Eleven or something!

 This is the ceiling in the Philtower! Isn't it amazing! It is carved travertine tile that was designed by artist from Italy!

This is the ceiling in the Philtower! Isn't it amazing! It is carved travertine tile that was designed by artist from Italy!

I can't imagine how much money these people were worth back then!

This Philtower was the office building of Oil Business man Waite Phillips, the man who built Philbrook Museum.  He also built the Philcade Building that I will be showing in a few minutes.

 This tunnel was a super special and kind of spooky-like tunnel that we got to see!!! I love Rosi's face and eyes here peeking over my shoulder.

This tunnel was a super special and kind of spooky-like tunnel that we got to see!!! I love Rosi's face and eyes here peeking over my shoulder.

So apparently this tunnel is not one that people get to go into all of the time.  It was a tunnel between The Philcade and Philtower buildings.  The Philtower building is where Waite Phillips' office was housed and the Philcade building is where he and Mrs. Phillips made their home only after living at Philbrook for a few years. 

 Sweet Eden, just soaking up as, much as her brain would hold!

Sweet Eden, just soaking up as, much as her brain would hold!

 My Mother-in-law pointed out this sign.  I just love how they made things different back then, nothing was cookie cutter.

My Mother-in-law pointed out this sign.  I just love how they made things different back then, nothing was cookie cutter.

Fear was the reason for the tunnel.

Above are the elevators in the Philcade building and the ceiling  is just below here.  As I mentioned before, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips only lived in their residence at Philbrook for a few years, because they apparently got a bit skiddish after the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping.  There were several kidnappings of high profile people and their children during that time period and the Phillip's family felt it was safer in the tower than their home.  The tunnels were used for him to travel back and forth to his work, incase of an emergency or it is rumored to have some moonshine ran through it during the Prohibition.

 It's even more beautiful in person.  This is the ceiling in the Philcade building.

It's even more beautiful in person.  This is the ceiling in the Philcade building.

The Philcade was the "Woodland Hills Mall" of the 20's!  There were many stores and boutiques throughout the ground floor.

 More "wedding cake" Art Deco. 

More "wedding cake" Art Deco. 

Isn't it just beautiful!?!?!?!?!

 Here is an up-close piece of terra-cotta Art Deco Style detail off of a building that was demolished a few years back!

Here is an up-close piece of terra-cotta Art Deco Style detail off of a building that was demolished a few years back!

 We survived the tour!!! 

We survived the tour!!! 

No Workout Needed for me today!

I had plans to workout later in the day, however I carried Rosi on my back the whole way (about an hour) of 30+ extra lbs and a brisk walk...I think I am good for the day!

I cannot tell you how much I recommend you do this!!! It is put on by the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and they give tours every Second Saturday of the month starting 10a.m. at Topeca Coffee next door to the Mayo Hotel.  Not every month is it focused on the tunnels, it is always architecture related and on a regular basis they pop into the tunnels. Tours are $10 each for anyone 12 yrs old and older.

My only Regret...

Not bringing my real camera.  

I completely meant to,  however as you can see, I still got some pretty decent shots with my iPhone.  I have a few different iPhone classes coming up.  If you are interested, I am doing a "Sip and Learn" and I am also teaching several photography classes through Jenks Community Education .

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO TELL YOUR STORY IN AN AMAZING WAY!

"You shouldn't have to be a professional photographer to capture the beautiful moments in your life.  I can teach anyone with a camera in their hand to tell their story in an amazing way!"

Love, Grace and Peace, 

Holly 

P.S.  Leave a comment below if you have a really cool place in Tulsa, OK that is somewhat unknown that you think we should tour as a family!

P.S.S Anyone interested in joining me early one Saturday morning for a walking tour and doing some photography together downtown>