Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Phillips Petroleum Museum Grand Opening

In an effort to reaffirm their Oklahoma roots, ConocoPhillips is opening a new museum at 4th and Keeler in downtown Bartlesville this month. They have been renovating the former Arvest Bank building since last Summer. It will be operated and funded by a private foundation established by ConocoPhillips. Admission will be free.

Late 1920s Cottage Style Phillips 66 Service Station
Photo from Phillip's former "Timeline Tunnel" below the streets of Bartlesville.

Phillips used to have a very nice museum-type display set up on the second floor of the Phillips Building (PB), including a scale replica of a 1920s Cotswold Cottage design service station like in the photo above. I know that this model has been relocated. They also had an immense archive of historic documents and items which have been transferred to the museum. Last week, I could see a really nicely restored gas truck through the front window, but most of my view was blocked. I am really looking forward to seeing everything in a more public friendly environment.

The museum will be open to the public beginning Saturday, May 12. Normal hours of operation will be Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm and Sunday, 1pm to 5pm.

Speaking of cottage style Phillips stations, I'm was very pleased to read that the Vickory Phillips 66 Station at 602 S. Elgin is going to be rehabilitated using Rt. 66 corridor grant money.

Vickory Phillips 66 Service Station - Tulsa, OK

Once this historic gem is restored, it will be used as a Avis Rental car office. KOTV has this brief report including a few additional pics of the building before starting. It sounds like it's going to be a true restoration project, with all the painstaking detail involved. I can't wait to photograph the results when the project is finished.

Pretty cool. Keep the updates coming!
I've seen these 'Cotswold Cottages' around Oklahoma, but had no idea that they were probably related to Phillips. It's an interesting bit of history. My family loves your site! As kyle stated previously, keep the updates coming!
Believe it or not, three different punk bands used to practice here, although not at the same time. We rented it from Davit Souders, who owned IKON, the bigger building behind it. I'm thinking it was 1994-1995. Brother Inferior, The Refreshments and 9 Iron were the bands. I was 9 Iron's drummer. It was very cramped, but very nice for loading out gear when you just played IKON.

There was a disco ball in the toilet and very large shiny letters that spelled "Stop". Telling my gay friend Ed about these letters, he told me they came from a gay bar he used to go to called "Tops".

We had no idea what the building used to be except for a muffler advertising poster on the back of the door that we used to write disparaging things about the other bands.

Good times. Thanks for the updates, as well. I love this crap!
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