Utica Square

Our Story

Over the years, Utica Square has earned the reputation as the area's finest shopping center. A dynamic mixture of quality stores and restaurants in an elegant outdoor setting has made this unique destination a hometown treasure.

History

It's hard to believe Utica Square was once thought to be on the "outskirts" of town. In its conception, developers of Utica Square knew the village-like design needed to be inviting without alienating neighboring residents. Despite perceptions that this new concept was risky, Utica Square opened on May 22, 1952 as Tulsa's first suburban shopping center.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. purchased Utica Square in 1964. Almost immediately, Mr. Walter H. Helmerich, III commissioned the planting of over 300 trees. The decision would literally shape the personality of this beloved destination.

History

It's hard to believe Utica Square was once thought to be on the "outskirts" of town. In its conception, developers of Utica Square knew the village-like design needed to be inviting, without alienating neighboring residents. Despite perceptions that this new concept was risky, Utica Square opened on May 22, 1952 as Tulsa's first suburban shopping center.

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. purchased Utica Square in 1964. Almost immediately, Mr. Walter H. Helmerich, III commissioned the planting of over 300 trees. It was a decision that would literally shape the personality of this beloved destination.

Store buildings were constructed in a variety of architecture styles; Williamsburg, Georgian, Country French and contemporary. Over 5,000 individual craftsmen lent their talents to the completion of the Square.

Our unique bronze sculptures do their part to reveal treasured pieces of our history. For instance, "Newspaper Reader" by J. Seward Johnson Jr., was added in 1982 in memory of Walt Helmerich Sr. The statue is reading the Tulsa Tribune from the day of Mr. Helmerich's death in 1981.

We can get pretty sentimental thinking about how far Utica Square has come over the years, but we're equally excited looking forward to all our future holds.

 
 

Community

Tulsans have made Utica Square part of their family traditions, and we could not be more honored. It all comes back to our heart for connecting with the community. We've created annual events that generate excitement year round. Tulsans look forward with anticipation to free events that celebrate the seasons, local music, art and nature. More than just events, these traditions allow Utica Square to give something special back to our customers and community.

 

Tradition

Whether it's a frequent shopper or a visitor from out of town, each person connects to Utica Square in a unique way. For some, The Square's many clocks remind them of times past. For others, the chimes reflect songs of the season. Our fire-engine red telephone booths, gardens, fountains and statues are timeless favorites across all generations. Tulsans who've grown up with the charm and beauty of Utica Square take pride in sharing those experiences with their children and grandchildren. It truly is a timeless tradition for Tulsans of all ages.