The Kennedy Building

105 E 6th St • Okmulgee
Address: 
105 E 6th St, Okmulgee, OK 74447, USA

The Kennedy Building is a three-story brick building with elements of Italian Renaissance Revival architecture built in 1902 and designed by Leon B. Senter. It is one of the oldest buildings in Okmulgee's Historic Downtown District.

Originally the Okmulgee State Bank (a.k.a. Okmulgee National Bank), the Kennedy Building is named after A.D. Kennedy, who traveled from Kansas to established Okmulgee's third banking institution in 1902, the Bank of Commerce, alongside Joseph Shields Hopping, I.W. Clapp and his brother H.E. Kennedy. The Bank of Commerce occupied the building from 1914 until it capsised November 3, 1921. This triggered a domino effect, with banks closing down all across the state of Oklahoma.

At one time, the Palace Barber Shop, home of Okmulgee's "first bathtub," occupied space beneath the Bank of Commerce.