Friday, June 12, 2009

The Doors Part 7

The last door to examine might be the most different door from the others. I believe it was an interior door. Could this narrow door be the one that came from what was once the Grand Opera House? (click on all photos to enlarge)

Before Tulsa’s streets were paved, before there were parks or sidewalks, it had the Grand Opera House. A promoter came through town one day in 1905 and convinced the mayor and the president of the Commercial Club that Tulsa needed "more culture”. So the Tulsa Opera House Company was formed and the Grand was erected at 113 E Second Street.

The first show opened in February, 1906 to a standing room only crowd, selling tickets at the unheard of price of $10 per person. The curtain went up on what would become the center of Tulsa’s high society for the next ten years. It was the only opera house between Kansas City and New Orleans at the time and residents and travelers flocked there to see the stars. The Grand was destroyed by fire in 1918. It was redesigned and occupied by the Cathey Furniture Company until a 2nd fire in 1927. National Furniture Company rebuilt it and occupied it until 1935, then sold it to Tulsa Auction Company in 1943 who finally sold it to Urban Renewal in 1966.

Of course, it was then left neglected until it was torn down.I have only found 2 interior photos of the Grand, both are from the stage looking out into the audience. The first one is pre-1910:And this one is circa 1929.
So, there you have it. Is this door from the Grand? If only Doors could talk.

(some photos courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society)


Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy!
What a wonderful project you have embarked upon.
I am wondering if the door with the Diners Club and American Express stickers might belong to a restuarant in the area?
Tim A.
Lawrenceville, GA

Nancy said...

Hi Tim,
Sure, anything is possible! Thanks for looking!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love this kind of stuff.

Anonymous said...

1929 theatre image is not Tulsa Grand Opera House as windows do not match exterior photos of theatre, and floor lay out is different.