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.