Time Warp Utica Square

Utica Square in the 1950s. Humpty-Dumpty Super Market and St. John Hospital can be seen in the background.

After three years of planning and design, Utica Square Shopping Center was formally dedicated on the morning of May 22, 1952. Tulsa’s latest shopping center was unique in many ways. 

At the center of the new Square was the Plaza, a green space with a fountain and extensive landscaping. Covered sidewalks surrounded the buildings, and shoppers could choose from over 1,000 free parking spots.

These additions were appealing and, for some, more convenient than shopping downtown. Developers Don Nix and Dale Carter and architects McCune and McCune blended mid-century modern with contemporary architectural styles of New Orleans and French designs to create a timeless feel.

Businesses that initially called the Square home were general retail, grocers and specialty stores, all fulfilling the one-stop shop concept. After years of continued development and improvements, Utica Square has evolved into the regional shopping center it is today.

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