Buildings in the National Register of Historic Places
Casa Loma Hotel
2626-2648 East 11th Street (map it)
The 1927 Casa Loma Hotel faces north on East 11th Street, once Route 66. The building fills this entire half-block, and is a one and two-story building with hotel on the second floor and commercial space on the ground level. A one-story addition that nearly matches the rest of the building architecture was constructed on the west end of the building in 1932.
Short towers at the end facades of the building visually anchor the building to the street corners. The first floor commercial facades have had some changes over the decades, but the building appears much as it did the twenty-six years it provided lodging along the official Route 66. The building is an excellent example of Late 19th and 20th Century Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture used in a commercial building.
The Casa Loma was for a number of years the only “hotel” on near the outskirts of Tulsa. There were no tourist camps listed in the Tulsa city directories in 1927, nor were any motels listed between 1927 and 1933. The city had yet to build the cabins, camps, “mo-tels”, or new road-focused overnight accommodations next to the highway. Hotels were still in or next to the downtown core.
The Casa Loma Hotel met the demands of travelers with convenient parking so they could be near their automobiles. It was on the outskirts of town which avoided the hassle of downtown traffic and paid parking. It allowed travelers pleasant accommodations (in-room baths, for example) without the demands of large city hotels which frequently required that men wear coats and ties, and women wear skirts and blouses in their dining rooms. Route 66 low cost accommodations, travel courts and “mo-tels” had increased their presence along 11th Street significantly by the time the Route 66 moved to I-44 in 1959.
The Casa Loma Hotel was listed in the National Register on September 3, 2010. It was listed under National Register Criteria A and C, and its NRIS number is 10000805.