History

Make History. Make It The Mayo.

The Mayo brothers -- Cass A. and John D. -- had a vision for a first-class hotel in downtown Tulsa.

After achieving success with their first venture, a five-story furniture store on Fifth and Main, the brothers set out to shape downtown Tulsa into the dynamic city it is today.

Their vision was to build a hotel that would exceed the expectations of even the most discriminating travelers with opulent details and luxurious accoutrements. They hired architect George Winkler, who designed the building in the Sullivanesque style of a Chicago Schoolhouse. The edifice boasts a base of surrounding, two-story Doric columns, with a terra cotta facade accented by stone trim and etchings

The Mayo Hotel opened in 1925 and instantly became the social hub of high society. The Mayo played host to notable guests throughout the 20th century, including President John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth and Charlie Chaplin. The hotel was home to famous oilman J. Paul Getty and Waite Phillips, and the most famous of oil deals were brokered among oil barons in the opulent lobby and Crystal Ballroom. Similar big deals are still being made in these same spaces.

The 19-story tower was the tallest building in Oklahoma when opening in 1925, which is also a shining example of the Mayo brothers' foresight and uncompromising attention to detail, boasting the most modern amenities of its time including 600 rooms each with ceiling fans and Tulsa's first running ice water. Known for its champagne brunches and martini lunches, The Mayo Hotel was the place to see and be seen, just as it still is today.

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The Mayo Hotel was and still is known as the place to host a plethora of events, from weddings, business meetings, charity galas, fashion shows, and star-studded receptions in the famous Crystal Ballroom. It was not uncommon to see even the biggest names just strolling through the building. After closing its doors in 1981, over the years the hotel fell into disrepair. Although it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, it sat vacant for nearly 30 years. After countless failed attempts to renovate the building, many feared it was doomed for the wrecking ball, until The Snyder family of Tulsa had a vision and purchased the long-abandoned building for $250,000 in 2001. They renovated the lobby and hosted events there until 2008, when the family set out to restore the entire hotel to its former glory, undertaking the project with the same passion and determination as the Mayo brothers themselves.

After a $42 million dollar historic renovation, the Mayo Hotel re-opened its doors in late 2009, which jump started the revitalization of Downtown Tulsa. A remarkable historic renovation restored the hotel to its original luster, with 102 hotel rooms, 76 luxury residences and the most fabulous event spaces in Tulsa perfect for hosting the largest or most intimate weddings, social events, parties, conventions or business meetings

The Mayo Hotel not only means so much to the City of Tulsa, but also to visitors all around the world, who are once again returning to The Mayo Hotel to revive old memories and make new ones.

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