SKIRVIN HOTEL

(Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City)

1 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City

(405) 272-3040

Status: Operational Historic Hotel

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History

This is the oldest hotel in the city.

This Art Deco hotel originally opened in 1911 with two 10 story towers containing a total of 225 rooms. In 1925 a third tower with 12 stories was added and then in 1929-30 all three wings were brought up to 14 floors giving the building a total of 525 rooms.

The hotel was named after its founder William “Bill” Skirvin.

In 1988 the hotel was closed and completely abandoned for a number of years. In 1999 the mayor of Oklahoma City set up committee to discover if the hotel was capable of being saved. In 2000 it was recommended to re-open the hotel and the 42-million-dollar renovation began in 2004.

The hotel was re-opened in 2007 – with 225 rooms - as a Hilton Hotel managed by Marcus Hotels and Resorts.

 

Paranormal Activity

While the hotel is not open about the ghostly phenomena, they don’t completely deny it either. When pressed they have confirmed they’ve heard reports of strange occurrences.

The most famous ghost in this hotel is “Effie”.

The stories say Effie was a maid that the original owner of the hotel – Bill Skirvin – had an affair with her. Effie became pregnant and Skirvin locked her in a room on the 10th floor to avoid a scandal.

Understandably, she became quite depressed which deepened after the baby was born. Soon after the birth Effie climbed into the 10 floor window with her baby and jumped to both their deaths.

Effie is portrayed as a loose woman with questionable morals, although being as she was characterized by a rich white man who got her pregnant this portrayal is dubious to say the least. In the early 20th century, a young woman with a healthy libido would have been seen as someone little better than a prostitute.

Skirvin had a reputation as a notorious drinker, gambler and womanizer which is much more believable.

Effie’s ghost has a reputation for propositioning men who are alone in their rooms. Reports indicate a disembodied female voice is heard making questionable suggestions. Her apparition is sometimes seen by men in showers – she often is seen naked.

There is even a report by one man that he was sexually assaulted by a female unseen presence.

This haunting became nationally famous when the NBA team the New York Knicks blamed their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on having a bad night’s rest in this hotel due to ghostly activity. The Chicago Bulls also said they unable to rest properly in this hotel due to strange noises and hearing doors slam throughout the night.

People have also reported lights flickering in their rooms and writing on fogged up bathroom mirrors – most commonly Help Me.

There are also reports of a woman in a red dress wandering the halls of the hotel.

In the Venetian Room – a ballroom on the top floor – objects have been moved while the room was locked and empty.