Atlas Life Building
The Atlas Life Insurance Company was the first life insurance company based in Tulsa. After years of tremendous growth, the company constructed a downtown building on Boston Avenue, designed by the architectural firm of Rush, Endacott and Rush. The building, in the Classical Revival style, was opened in 1922. There are stunning architectural features in the first-floor lobby. The company’s elaborate grand opening drew thousands of Tulsans. Five-thousand flowers were purchased to hand out to the ladies, and the supply was depleted after only one hour.
To convey the company’s attributes of strength and stability, the design of the building incorporated the Greek titan Atlas into the cornice. Atlas offers protection to pedestrians who walk the streets below. The Atlas image is also reflected throughout the building’s interior design. The Atlas Grill within the building continues to provide guests a casual offering of daily specials and classic dishes.
The four-story vertical neon sign, which was installed on the Boston Avenue exterior in 1946, was built by a local neon company. It has become an important visual symbol of the building and its purpose. In 1991, Atlas Life Insurance Company was purchased by State Mutual and the company’s operations were moved to Georgia. However, the prominent, iconic sign has been rehabilitated by subsequent owners and restored to its original appearance.
The building now houses the Courtyard by Marriott, with 119 guest rooms. The rooms on the seventh floor include the original building features. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.