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Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City

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The Skirvin Hotel built in 1910 by oilman W.B. Skirvin, who was determined to have the finest hotel in the Southwest. Opening its doors in 1911, the plush hotel had two, 10-story towers containing 224 rooms, was one of the first buildings in Oklahoma City to have air conditioning, then called "iced air,” had running ice water in each room, a ballroom that seated 500, and imported Austrian chandeliers that cost more than $100,000 each.

 

Skirvin’s daughter, Perl Mesta, brought the hotel a national reputation by being the ambassadress to Luxembourg, and then Washington’s "Hostess with the Mostess," portrayed in the famed Broadway musical, "Call Me Madam."

 

In 1930, a third wing was added, raising the structure to 14 stories and increasing capacity to 525 rooms.

 

The Oklahoma showplace became a popular speak-easy during Prohibition. It was during this time that W.B. Skirvin was said to have had an affair with one of the hotel maids. According to legend, the maid soon conceived and in order to prevent a scandal, she was locked in a room on the top floor of the hotel. The desolate girl soon grew depressed and even after the birth of her child; she was still not let out of the room. Half out of her mind, she finally grabbed the infant child and threw herself, along with the baby, out of the window.

 

The maid’s name remains unknown, but her ghost continues to haunt the Skirvin Hotel and she was nicknamed "Effie” by former employees. Though the old hotel closed in 1988, former guests would often report not being able to obtain a decent nights sleep due to the consistent sounds of a child crying.

 

Effie was apparently a woman of loose morals and many men who have stayed in the hotel have often reported being propositioned by a female voice while alone in their rooms.  Others have seen the figure of a naked woman with them while taking a shower. One man even claimed he was sexually assaulted by an invisible entity during his stay.

Other strange noises and occurrences were reported by staff and guests including things seemingly being moved around by themselves, such as the maid’s cart being pushed down the hall when no one was there.

 

In October, 1979 the hotel was listed on National Register of Historic Places. When it closed in 1988 the building stood empty for more almost fifteen years. However, the historic hotel has now been fully restored and now open once again for guests.

 

 

The $46.4 million project included the original exterior finish, installation of historically accurate windows, reconfigured guest rooms, new guest elevators, an elegant lobby, restaurants, and state-of-the-art meeting rooms. Wherever possible, historical elements such as moldings, tiles and ceiling treatments were incorporated into the design.

 

Despite the millions of dollars spent to renovate this historic hotel, Effie allegedly continues to reside there.

 

The Skirvin Hotel is located at 1 Park Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

 

© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated January, 2010

 

 

 

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Reader's Experiences at the Skirvin Hotel

 

NBA players from the New York Knicks claim their game was off after a night of haunts at the hotel. Read the story from USA Today HERE. (USA Today/New York Daily News January 2010)

 

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The city of Oklahoma City needs to abandon the Skirvin Hotel project. I've been inside before the renovations started in September of 2004. You can see objects moving with no one else around to be moving them, crying and screaming of a woman, I just don't think it's a good idea to be messing around with that place... Sam, October, 2005

 

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I've actually been in there and it really is haunted. You can see the woman standing in the window she jumped out of. When you see her she is at first, standing far away and then run up to the window, and STOP!!! - Tina, October, 2004

 

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Chandelier in the Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Chandelier in the Skirvin Hotel. Photo by Justin T. Moore.


 

Skirvin Hotel Penthouse, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Penthouse at the Skirvin Hotel Photo by Justin T. Moore.

 

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