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

Camelot Inn Motor Hotel

For an excellent knight's lodging... Sleep in a castle tonight!

Built in 1960s at Peoria and I-44, the Camelot Inn Motor Hotel quickly became the "place to be" for both Tulsa's movers and shakers and out-of-town guests. The landmark hotel counted Elvis Presley and Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford among its famous guests.

Encouraging guests to come "stay in a castle," the eight-story, 330-room hotel was designed to resemble a medieval castle, complete with turret, iron gates, moat and drawbridge, and a spearhead-shaped pool. It was a popular destination for brunches, banquets, honeymoons and special occasions. Ainsley Perault, a builder and promoter from San Francisco, built the pink castle and oversaw its early reign of glory.

However, during the 80s, it suffered a swift decline and was abandoned. In 1996, the building was condemned and deteriorated beyond repair. In 2007, the Camelot Hotel was demolished.