First National Autobank – Downtown Tulsa
Architects and Engineers – McCune, McCune and Associates
Once a thriving autobank with a reported 600 cars daily and over 1 million transactions handled in its first year, this building now sits empty on prime real estate. Recently it has been reported that the building will be for lease sparing it from demolition. The Tom-Tom Room, to the right of the two story bank lobby, was once provided as meeting space for Tulsa’s civic groups and was accessed directly from the upper parking deck. The building originally had a fountain near the front doors designed by Harry Bertoia, sadly the fountain was moved to the Main Street mall where barely the top is visible from Main.
The First National Autobank is indeed an iconic part of Tulsa’s rich architectural heritage and should be preserved for generations to come.
The following is text from a Portland Cement Advertisement:
“Folded roof to glamour walls…. concrete adds new attraction to drive-in banking.”
Out of a need for drive-up teller windows, as well as parking facilities, came this handsome banking center. Tulsa’s First National Autobank is a delightful example of the many ways concrete can combine structural practicality with good design.
Here, concrete plays a major decorative role in many different ways. You see everything from folded plate canopies over the parking arcade to walls and sunscreens in high- style masonry shapes. Drives are black concrete. Upper deck parking area is a hollow-core concrete deck.
Today’s architects find there is no ceiling on imagination when they design in modern concrete.