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Image of the Mayo Hotel key(close up). There is a medallion with a Master Key- The Mayo Hotel-Tulsa Okla. The Mayo is a historic building located in downtown Tulsa in Oklahoma, US, at 115 West 5th Street. This Chicago School (Sullivanesque) building was built in 1925. It was designed by the architect George Winkler and financed by John D. and Cass A. Mayo. The base of two-story Doric columns supports fourteen floors marked with false terracotta balconies, and a two-story crown of stone and a dentiled cornice It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It was listed under National Register Criterion C, and its NRIS number is 80003303.
Once the tallest building in Oklahoma, the hotel originally had 600 rooms. Ceiling fans in each room and Tulsa's first running ice water made the hotel a haven from summer heat.
A failed renovation attempt in the early 1980s left the building unoccupied and missing many of its original fixtures and interior ornamentation. Abandoned for 20 years, the Mayo seemed destined for demolition until June 2001, when the Snyder family purchased it for $250,000 and began renovation. Initial efforts focused on restoring the lower floors, which became a popular venue for galas, proms, receptions and meetings.