Tate Brady, a businessman in the mining, oil, and real-estate industries, was one of the founders of Tulsa. After coming to Indian Territory, he established a small shop in what is present day Tulsa. He soon established the Brady Hotel, which was the first in Tulsa to have Baths. It was also where Charles N. Haskell announced he was running to be the first governor of Oklahoma.
In 1914, a convention hall was added to the area, which has since become the Brady Theater. During the race riot, the building was used to detain black men. There is also a rumor of the building being haunted by the ghost of Enrico Caruso, who performed there in 1920 and caught a cold, then died in 1921.