Built in 1923, the National Bank of Commerce Building at 10 E. Third St. is one of Tulsa’s most historical edifices. The eight-story structure covers 48,000 square feet and was designed by Wight and Wight Architects of Kansas City, which also conceived the Harwelden Mansion, and was constructed by James H. McBirney.
Most recently named the Holarud Building after the previous owners, a group of attorneys, the building was added to the National Register for Historical Places in 2010.
Barry Williams, CEO of the Evolutions Group, a consulting firm specializing in oral surgery start-ups, and a partner purchased the former bank in 2018 for $2.6 million.
“We thought it was a really good opportunity to relocate our office (from 611 E. Fourth St.) and feed the history of Tulsa,” Williams says. “We just really liked the building and thought it would be well suited for what we’d like to do.”
Since the 1970s, metal has covered the original façade, including four impressive three-story columns, which Williams planned to uncover. A peek behind the metal showed the columns largely intact, though some repairs will be required, he says.
However, Evolutions’ plan changed, and at press time the company had listed the building for sale. It looks like uncovering history will have to wait a bit longer.