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Lake View Country Club, Front Page

Located just south of Lake Hefner, the Lake View Country Club was THE place to be when it opened in 1955. This brochure was made around that time to entice members away from other clubs, and it apparently worked. Before the $700,000 clubhouse even opened, Lake View already boasted over 600 members and featured some great mid-century interior design, plenty of party and dining rooms, a men's lounge (I guess the ladies didn't need one), and a monstrous 288,000-gallon pool, which could easily claim the title as the biggest in the city.

 

The club did well for awhile and hosted many a fancy dance, lush wedding, and poolside party. By the early 1970s, however, most of the members had moved on to the bigger clubs sprouting up north of Lake Hefner that offered golf, tennis and other amenities that the space-constricted Lake View couldn't match. When Harry James played there in 1972, it was the beautiful Lake View's swan song, and the doors to the once-grand club closed soon after.

 

After the club closed, the building was used as a church and a school before being demolished and replaced with the nondescript 70,000 sf Local Federal Bank building, which later became an IBC bank and is now owned (for the moment, anyway) by Chesapeake.

  

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Taken on December 13, 2011