TULSA DECO, & Historic Photos & Ephemera
Page 6. Paul E. Corrubia

Paul E. Corrubia

Paul Emil Corrubia was a well known Tulsa artist and Architect during the 1930's & 40's. Born in Italy 1891, died 1972. 

The images below are some of the drawings by Corrubia, from a booklet put together by the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce in 1937.  Below each drawing is the description of that image found in the book.

Above: Cover of the promotional book put together by the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. This image looks south on Boston Avenue. Tallest Building on the left is the Philtower, on the Right the 320 S. Boston Building and in the center distance you can see the tower of the Boston Avenue Methodist Church.  

"Increasing thousands of convention visitors come to Tulsa annually, for the reputation of this city's unexcelled facilities is spreading. In few cities of Tulsa's size can be found such a convenient concentration of first-class hotels near railroad and bus depots, convention halls, and the business section. The Mayo Hotel is a notable example of Tulsa hotels."

"Education of the young has ever been foremost in Tulsa's achievements, and her thirteen million dollar platooned public school system is nationally copied. Latest of three modern senior high schools to be built is the million dollar Will Rogers structure, a 1937 project. There are nine junior highs. The Tulsa elementary system is the only on in the state furnishing free textbooks. 

  A colorful and busy part of Tulsa life has to do with entertainment. The Oil Capital is always among the first cities of the land for initial showings of new modern pictures and Tulsa payrolls make it one of the outstanding road show cities of the Middle West. The little theater and civic symphony are popular local cultural endeavors. Tulsans enjoy year-round diversion. 

  "This imposing 24-story office building with its imposing tower is one of the landmarks of Tulsa.
  Specializing in oil financing, the National Bank of Tulsa, too, is a financial landmark. The development of every major field in the Southwest is reflected in the growth of "The Oil Bank of America."
  At the same time, this institution offers individuals and commercial interests in Tulsa, banking services to meet every need."

"In aviation Tulsa is a leader. The Municipal Airport is one of the nation's most completely equipped and is a favorite port of call for America's leading fliers. American and Hanford airlines serve Tulsa and the municipal port has consistently shown an operating profit throughout its history. Tulsa is the home of Spartan aircraft factory and school of aeronautics."

  "The Boston Avenue Methodist Church, with aspiring vertical lines, arched forms, and sincere sculptured ornament is the world's only example of modernistic architecture and design applied to a church of cathedral proportions. The spires of 95 churches, representing practically every denomination, now pierce the Tulsa skyline."

Number 1 show of the oil industry is the International Petroleum Exposition, held at intervals of two years in Tulsa with every oil producing nation participating. A non-profit institution directed by the world's leading oil men, the Exposition features exhibits worth ten million dollars of every phase of the "Black gold" industry. Elaborate permanent buildings house it."

  "The Oklahoma Natural Gas Company is one of Oklahoma's oldest industries. Founded in 1903 - four years before statehood - its 3,901 miles of pipeline now serve over  125,000 customers with gas from 735 producing wells. Because of the extremely low rates, natural gas is used almost exclusively for industrial and household purposes, making Tulsa "The World's Cleanest City.""

  "In the year 1919, the Hinderliter Tool Company was organized and began the manufacture and distribution exclusively of highly specialized oil field tools and appliances at Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  The phenomenal growth of the Hinderliter Tool Company remains unequaled in the Petroleum Industry and to the"HINDERLITER" is attributed the honor of contributing more practical and efficient oil field tools than any other similar company.
  The Hinderliter Engineering Department and Field Research Staffs are dedicated to the creation and development of improved tools, appliances, equipment and processes to cope with the ever increasing demands of the Petroleum Industry."

  "In 1895 a physician, and attorney and business men in Tulsa, then an Indian Territory town, opened Tulsa's first bank, the Tulsa Banking Company. Now it is known as The First National Bank and Trust Company of Tulsa. It had total assets of $53,055,880.28 on June 30, 1937."

  Tulsans interested in sporting and social recreation have built six fine country clubs, offering every modern facility for pleasure in beautiful golf courses, superb swimming pools, finely appointed clubhouses. The story of the Southern Hills Club is typical - in 1934 eighty Tulsans met at the home of an oil man, put up eighty thousand dollars that evening, built the club. Of such is Tulsa!"

With a seating capacity of 8,500 people, the million dollar Tulsa Coliseum covers a city block and is the scene of some of the Southwest's biggest amateur and professional sporting events - ice hockey, basketball, boxing, wrestling, track meets, etc. The Coliseum is used extensively for convention assemblies and for industrial and trade shows, as well as dances, banquets, etc."

  Tulsa is the capital of the great eastern Oklahoma agricultural empire, famed for the variety and excellence of its products and progressiveness of its farm population. The annual Tulsa Four-State Fair, of which the Livestock Pavilion is a permanent structure, embodies all phases of this vast industry. The Tulsa Stockyards is a busy trading center for sale of beef cattle, sheep, hogs, horses, and mules raised in this region."

  "Standing where Indian trails crossed just a few short decades ago when Tulsa was a Trading Post are two modern air conditioned office buildings, built by Waite Phillips, that fitly tell the story of the transition of the rolling prairie which was Indian Territory into the metropolitan area which today is Tulsa - Oil Capital of the World." 

  "Pure, sparkling mountain water in unlimited quantities flows into Tulsa industries and homes through an eleven million dollar system from the famed Ozark foothills 55 miles away. Lake Spavinaw, with a supply of 21 billion gallons, was built in 1922 and has met every test of flood and drought. The lake is a fisherman's paradise, municipally supervised. Cottages line its shores."

  In March, 1879, the first post office was established in Tulsa, Creek Nation, Indian Territory, at the home of the postmaster. Today the Federal Building in Tulsa is an imposing, gray stone, million dollar structure, with a magnificent colonade extending the full city block from Second to Third streets on Boulder.  Here are housed the U.S. Postoffice, Federal Offices, and Federal Courts."

  "A beautiful oak, giant of a forest long since felled, still spreads its branches as it did more than a hundred years ago when Creek Indians, migrating to the Oklahoma territory from their Alabama and Tennessee homes, first kindled a tribal fire 'neath its leaves with live coals transported from camp to camp along the long trail. The tree stands on an oil pioneer's estate."

  The Public Service Building - 6th and Main - houses the general offices of the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, which serves 117 communities in the state with light and power. Built in 1929, the building was air-conditioned throughout in 1936. Established in 1913, the company has served Tulsa for 24 years, with Fred W. Insull as its president."

Above: "W.C. NORRIS. MANUFACTURER Incorporated"
"Linked closely with the growth and development of the Mid-Continent oil field, W.C. Norris oil field supplies and equipment are found almost everywhere oil is produced. The original factory was established in 1882 to serve the Pennsylvania but was moved to Tulsa in 1910. The organization has expanded until it is one of the larger manufacturers of oil field pumping jack, rods, and miscellaneous pumping supplies. 
  The company maintains complete branch warehouses at Houston, Kilgore, Big Springs and Odessa, Texas, and the export office is in New York."

  "Tulsa's justly popular park system is one of the 16 in the United States with a rankin of excellent.  Mohawk Park, the largest unit of the system, covers 2,400 acres with its landscaped gardens, woodland, two large lakes, lagoons, bridle paths, picnic grounds, and zoos. Every form of outdoor recreation, including golf and polo, attracts thousands."

  "Four great United States transcontinental highways serve Tulsa and the Oil Capital is a popular point for tourists traveling east, west, north, and south. At this spot the artist has caught a delightful scene where highway, railroad and the meandering Arkansas River greet one another as they approach Tulsa from the west. One almost feels that nearby life hits a faster pace."

Mid-Continent - the D-X Company - is Tulsa's largest industrial institution, employing more than 1,000 workers at its Tulsa refinery and having more than 6,000 Diamond stations and dealers throughout the Central States. The refinery covers an area of 800 acres and has the capacity for running 40,000 barrels of crude oil daily. It is the largest refinery in the world operating exclusively on high gravity 100 percent paraffin base crude oils."

  "Because Tulsa is young, Tulsa's residential districts are strikingly new. Every type of architecture, manifesting good taste on the part of inhabitants of the great Southwest, and in almost every price range, is to be found in Tulsa homes. Over 60 mansion here are in the $75,000 - $600,000 class." (which would be over 1.5 million - 12 million in todays dollars)

  "Oil is not Tulsa's sole industry, for eastern Oklahoma is an agricultural region. A mighty cotton mill, utilizing the "white gold" which grows in abundance in this area to weave fine cloth, is therefore not out of place in Tulsa. And furthermore, every major livestock and crop grown in Oklahoma is raised in the Oil Capital area. This section is superior agriculturally."

The recognized hospital and clinical center of an area including parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas is Tulsa.  St. John's Hospital is one of Tulsa's larger medical institutions, and its cancer clinic is second to none in modern equipment. Tulsa is in a healthful climate, with an average of 139 clear, 109 partly cloudy, and 98 days of precipitation a year. 

"Since the railroads first opened the Indian territory, Tulsa has been favored with major rail facilities and today the Frisco, Santa Fe, M-K-T, Midland Valley, and Sand Springs lines serve her. Tulsa's three million dollar union depot is an architectural masterpiece, with four great overpasses taking city streets over the trackage. Forty-five railroads have offices in Tulsa."

  Tulsa is the home office of the Skelly Oil Company, one of the largest integrated companies producing crude oil and manufacturing refined petroleum products. Its Tailor-Made Aromax Gasoline and Tagolene Motor Oils and Greases are marketed throughout the Middle West."

"Imposing home of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and the Tulsa Club, this building is at the center of downtown Tulsa and is a generation point for community enterprise. Offices of the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, and the Better Business Bureau are maintained in this building."