12 Notecards featuring the beautiful, Art Deco, Philcade Building, in downtown Tulsa Ok.
The front of each card features a different image photographed by DECOPOLIS artist William A. Franklin.
On the back of each, is a description of this historic building.
The Philcade was designed by Leon B. Senter, for Tulsa Oil Baron Waite Phillips.The building is 14 stories tall, including the penthouse where Waite and his family lived for a time.During the Jazz Age, there were numerous kidnappings of the wealthy by gangsters seeking ransom.For safety, Waite had an underground tunnel built between the Philcade and his office in the Philtower across the street.
The Jazz Age also witnessed the birth of the Art Deco style which exemplified modernity and sophistication.Tulsa, rich with oil money, saw the construction of numerous extravagant Art Deco building during this era, including the Philcade. The Philcade's exterior features beautiful terra cotta ornamentation with a riot of wonderfully stylized flora and fauna.The Philcade lobby is absolutely stunning. Grand chandeliers illuminate gold leaf ceilings, painted with geometric Art Deco designs.Waite's wife was named Genevieve, so it was only fitting that beautiful Genevieve marble was selected to line the walls of this gorgeous lobby.
The Philcade is currently owned by Price family Properties, who have generously allowed DECOPOLIS to create a small Art Deco museum in its lobby.