Arcadia Route 66 Roadbed among Five Landmarks Added to Register

THE JOURNAL RECORD, December 16, 1999 | Go to article overview

Arcadia Route 66 Roadbed among Five Landmarks Added to Register


OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- The Arcadia Route 66 roadbed in Oklahoma County has been added to the National Register of Historic Places along with the Ambassador Hotel in Tulsa, the Berryhill Building in Sapulpa, the Duncan Public Library and the Sugg Clinic in Ada.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Melvena Heisch and Jim Gabbert, architectural historian for the State Historic Preservation Office.

"With these new entries, the State Historic Preservation Office continues to work toward its goal of achieving 1,000 listings by the end of the year 2000," said Gabbert.

"There are now 942 Oklahoma properties listed.

The Arcadia Route 66 roadbed was nominated by Route 66 author and aficionado Jim Ross as an example of the late 1920s highway engineering, construction and paving methods with two separate designs. The section was paved in 1928-29, soon after the highway was designated as U.S. Route 66.

"It was bypassed in 1952, allowing it to remain in pristine, unaltered condition," Gabbert said. "It is the only location on Route 66 in Oklahoma where two different paving methods meet."

The two methods include Portland Concrete and the less common Portland Concrete with rock asphalt overlay. The nomination is part of an ongoing multiple property submission known as "Route 66 and Associated Resources in Oklahoma."

The Ambassador Hotel, located at 1314 S. Main in Tulsa, was nominated for its architectural merit, said Gabbert. It was built in 1929 by politician Patrick Hurley, who utilized the talents of architect N.E. Peters.

"Utilizing the Mission/Spanish Colonial Style," Gabbert said, "the nine-story building features elaborate terra cotta ornamentation on its faade. The arcaded entry and scalloped parapet give the faade an elegant, exotic appearance that sets the building apart from its neighbors."

The Ambassador recently was renovated, using the 20 percent investment tax credit for certified historic commercial buildings.

The Berryhill Building, located at 14-20 East Dewey in Sapulpa, was designed by the Oklahoma City firm of Layton, Smith and Hawk and was built in 1910. Theodore Berryhill commissioned the building, using proceeds from his holdings in the Glen Pool oil field. …

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