Sunday, November 02, 2008

Sheridan Village - Admiral Place and Sheridan Road

Built in the mid-1950s, Sheridan Village was a contemporary 2-story shopping center at Admiral Place and Sheridan Rd in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Crown drug was a popular pharmacy with a soda fountain and grill in the back. Frequented for the main anchors JCPenney, TG&Y; and Humpty Dumpty Grocery stores, it was also well remembered for it's Borden's Cafeteria, library, shoe store and card shops. It featured one of the first escalators in a suburban Tulsa shopping center. There was upper level parking on the roof accessible by way of a car ramp on the SW corner. The out-building OTASCO was directly across from the ramp, leading to stories about rolling a non-working car from the rooftop across to have it worked on. The shopping center hit it's peak in the late 1960s / early-1970s before slowly losing retailers to the larger, more modern malls being built around Tulsa. In it's later years it was used as a Bingo hall and a handful of small retailers. A small shoe store and barber shop appear to have operated there until the end. Vacant and vandalized, it now sits silently awaiting demolition in coming weeks/months.

Courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society.

Anonymous recalls Sheridan Village in their comment:
Back in the 60s it was a very popular place to shop. It had a JC Penney's, TG&Y;, Rexall Drug, Grocery store, Hallmark store, Borden's Cafeteria, Merle Norman, etc. The Rexall had a soda fountain, the TG&Y; had a candy counter including hot peanuts. The JC Penney's had a fabric department that was second to none; at that time most people made a lot of their clothes. The Hallmark store started out in a tiny little alcove and later moved to one of the store spaces out front. There was also an Otasco next door to the center that was very popular. What a wonderful place it used to be.

According to another commentor:
There are STILL some employees that work for JCPenney that worked at the Sheridan Village store. Most of the moved to Eastland after Sheridan village - and now, they all work at Promenade.

On Tulsa TV Memories, Charles Stevens in Fargo remembers,
The card shop at Sheridan Village was called the Postman and for years it was located in a small store underneath the escalator that went upstairs to Borden's Cafeteria. Borden's had a treasure chest where kids could pick out a prize after eating. The Presidential visit I remember is Johnson in the late 60's. He was in town to view progress on the Port. We stood out on the curb on Admiral and watched his motorcade go by.

I was unable to find any information on the future plans for the lot that the demolition of Sheridan Village will leave behind. If anyone knows of it's proposed use, please add a comment. For those interested, check out the new Sheridan Village Photoset on Flickr. Like much of the mid-century architecture in Tulsa (think: Mayo Meadow Shopping Center), it's not particularly exciting or special, but it had it's own charm. I'm sure that there are still people out there who remember it fondly from their childhoods. Please share your recollections!

PS...glad to be back.


Glad to see you cover this. I remember coming to shop at Penney's in the early '70s. We'd hit that store and Froug's at Eastgate (Admiral & Memorial). I remember riding the escalator.

I seem to recall that there was also a Brown's Shoe Store to the east of Penney's.

For a time Kelly's Variety tried to recapture the TG&Y spirit in the center.
My grandmother used to live around the corner when I was young (late 70s, early 80s). When I stayed with her for the weekend, we always went to TG&Y to buy a toy.

Even cooler, she had a beauty shop for a time in the old Delman Theater building.
I used to live in the neighborhood behind Bell Elementary when I was a kid. I spent many years hanging around inside of Kelly's Variety store, Bud's, and Med-ex on the far end.

My dad used to take me to get my haircut at the barber shop there when I was 9 or 10.

My buddies and I would constantly ride our bikes up and down that ramp leading upstairs.

It's a shame that it's being torn down. I just always figured that quirky little building would be there forever.
Thanks for a new entry! I always love seeing your posts. Well, I love/hate them.. sad to see these things leave, but as an expatriot of Tulsa, I don't get a chance to see these buildings before they're gone.

Thanks again!
I need to go get some photos of this before they tear it down...a new Walgreen's will probably go in or maybe even a Drug Warehouse or Auto Zone!!!!! Won't we be lucky?
In the late '50's/ear;y 60's, there was a toy store upstairs at Sheridan Village. There was also a Tulsa County Library upstairs, as well as Borden's Cafeteria. I still remember the taste of Borden's fried chicken, as well as collecting the toy from the toy chest on the way out.
I remember the Frougs at admiral and Memorial and Sheridan village at Admiral and Sheridan with as my sister would say the Jock pen-nays
Tulsa is more than greenwood, downtown, and Brady heights our history is both pre and post war
where is our civic pride in saving all Tulsa landmarks from all generations, decades and parts of the city. Future generations need to know that Tulsa
was once a classy and elegant city
not just for its elite and rich but also for the working class and the middle class
How are we as Americans
and Tulsans supposed to create new artechureal treasures if there is nothing left to inspire the imagination of future generations
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Tulsa may loose another historic building sometime in the future if it is not saved I don't know the exact name of it but it is the old Chevrolet dealership building downtown at 6th and Cincinnati that used to be Galaxy
distributing the pinball, video
game, and pool table store that moved out to the Admiral and Memorial. My father bought his first and only Chevy truck there dad said he got the run around and that the truck was a horrible lemon. Tulsa"s old Allied steel located on North Lewis Ave. got their fleet trucks through the dealership. which I could provide more information
Bill White still owns that downtown property? Similar to the Sheridan Village, their is rooftop parking. Pretty much everybody remembers eating in the Bordens cafeteria there. Used to have a really cool neon sign out front too.
Back in the late 70's when I was, just a wee little lad, the shoe store had some kind of promotion and they had a guy in a Spiderman suit there. He was writing things like "key chain" or "frisbee" on paper plates and throwing them off of the roof to all the kids in the parking lot below. Then he came and hung out for a while and then he left. The kids took the paper plates into the shoe store and they would get a key chain or a frisbee or something like that. So, yeah, I got to meet Spiderman there.
I can tell ya something else about the Sheridan Village... Several years after I met Spiderman I was a student at Bell Middle School. Every morning before school myself and all the other little thugs used to hang out under the ramp and smoke cigarrettes and dope before we went to class. And when we planned to skip school, that was always the meet up spot. I wasn't the best student sometimes, ya know?
Anyway, that's my memories of the place. Hate to see it go.
The escalator pic brought back memories of when I was sitting on the stairs and got snaggged at the top, circa 1962. My pants had to be cut to loosen me. My family still laughs hysterically(at my expense) at the mention of it, and I guess I do too! Does anyone remember the library on 2nd floor??

Jim Enright, Dallas
If I remember correctly, when Mom and I would go to the grocery store at Humpty Dumpty, there was a little corner in the front that was covered like a little play house and we could watch cartoons while Mom shopped. I wasn't very old, this probably was in the 60's when I was around 6 or 7 years old.
Regarding the previous post, the little cartoon booth was located inside the store, up front by the cashier area.
Attended Bell Jr. High approx. 1967-68. Lots of memories of hanging out before/after school..Vanilla Cokes at the drug store, my buddy shining shoes at the barber shop upstairs...I last saw the place on a visit summer of 2001. Still had a few shops open, but gasping for air even then. Thanks for the great pics. Tulsa used to be a beautiful city. I left around 1972 for the Navy and never returned except to visit.
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