McBirney Mansion is a historic home situated on a hill overlooking the Arkansas River. It was built by its first owner, James H. McBirney, who, in 1928, co-founded the Bank of Commerce in Tulsa. In terms of design, the mansion is a fine example of the Gothic Revival architecture. It features a facade made with brick, stucco, and stone, and there are stained glass windows as well.
Backstory and Context
This turned out to be a good development, however. He got a job working at a company that owned a semi-pro baseball team in Bartlesville. A few years later in 1897, he got a job as a janitor at the Tulsa Banking Company, which also had a baseball team. He quickly worked his way up in the bank, becoming vice president in 1904. That same year he also co-founded the Bank of Commerce with his brother. James would go on to build two of the first skyscrapers in the city: and eight-story building for the new bank and the ten-story McBirney office building.
James passed away in 1944 at the age of 74; his wife died in 1975 at the age of 95. In the coming decades, the home was a private residence, office space for a law firm, a bed and breakfast, and an event venue. In 2014, the current owners bought the old mansion and renovated it back into a private residence.
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