New Life at Atlas Building

STANDING TALL: Jeff Hartman, developer of the Atlas Life Building and partner with SJS Hospitality, in front of the Atlas Life Building at 415 S. Boston Ave. in Tulsa, where the Courtyard by Marriott will open in June.

DANIEL C. CAMERON for GTR Newspapers

The renovation of the historic Atlas Life Building in downtown Tulsa is on schedule and should reopen as a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in June according to Jeff Hartman, developer of the project and partner with Hospitality.

During the opening, Girouard Vineyards, a downtown local winery, will introduce its new signature Chardonnay Atlas Life Wine Label. A Grand Reopening Celebration will be open to the public with a formal twenties dress attire in August.

The Atlas Life Building is a historic 12-story former office building. Designed by Rush, Endacott & Rush, the building was completed in 1922. It is located at 415 S. Boston Ave., sandwiched between the Philtower and Mid-Continent Tower. On May 19, 2009, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The building’s most recognizable feature is the four-story neon sign above the main entrance, which makes the Atlas Life Building a popular local landmark. The building itself is faced with red brick, with white marble ornamentation concentrated at the third, 11th and 12th floors.

At the top is an ornate cornice surmounted by a crouching statue of Atlas. The building is seven bays wide at the base, narrowing to three above the second floor to allow some separation from the taller buildings on either side.

The ground floor is home to the Tulsa Press Club and Atlas Grill. The Pearson Group acquired the building in 1997 from Tulsa Public Schools. On January 6, 2006, the building was sold by the Pearson Group to Navajo Properties , a company affiliated with investor Maurice Kanbar. In 2008 Kanbar sold the building to the new owners.

Updated 06-15-2010

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