Tulsa Time Warp: Phillips Station No. 473
An old Phillips 66 station is now a bar in a hip neighborhood, with a nod to its history.
In this undated original photo, station attendants clean the dock and add a fresh coat of paint to Phillips 66 Station No. 473 at 2224 E. Admiral Blvd.
Courtesy Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society and Museum
Tusa’s first suburban shopping center, Whittier Square, grew up around the area’s post office, which was established in 1916, according to the City of Tulsa Preservation Commission. Thirteen years later, in 1929, Phillips Petroleum Co. opened a service station in the bustling neighborhood known today as the Kendall Whittier District.
Phillips 66 cottage-style stations, like Station No. 473, were intended to blend into residential areas by design and appearance. Their dark green exterior with orange and blue trim added a commercial appeal and recognizable characteristic common of Phillips stations at the time.
The area got a huge boost when Route 66 cut through Whittier Square, approximately where I-244 runs today. Station No. 473 continued to thrive, even adding a garage service bay to the building’s west end in 1941.
Like other Phillips stations, this location was operated by Phillips Petroleum Co. until World War II and then leased to ease financial concerns brought on by the war. Many lessees operated as filling stations selling Phillips fuel.
The company finally sold the property in 1962 with a stipulation prohibiting the new owner from selling or storing fuel and oil at the location.
It has since regained its original name and operates as Bar #473.