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Happy 100th Birthday, Pierce Block!

Posted by Ed Sharrer on March 3, 2009    |  Link to this Entry  |  Email this Entry

Pierce Block A small piece of Tulsa, dating nearly back to statehood, turns 100 years old this year. The Pierce Block on the northeast corner of 3rd Street and Detroit Avenue was built in 1909.

In a city known for its Art Deco masterpieces, oil mansions, and Route 66 landmarks, the Pierce Block is an important physical connection to Tulsa’s "boomtown" period of rapid growth following the 1905 Glenn Pool oil strike.

After the 1908 Dawson School, the Pierce Block is the oldest Tulsa building listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 2009 also marks the 30th anniversary of the building’s National Register listing.

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