Gitwit HQ’s history and the people who were here before.

County assessor’s listed built date
Businesses have  been located here
Gitwit  moves in

The Ghost of Gitwit Headquarters


Samuel Rader (occupied 301):  Grocer

~1918 - 1922

Attorney H.A. Guess (occupied 303): Lawyer


Friedman Brothers (occupied 301):  Grocer


J.J. Bird (occupied 303): Laborer

1921 - 1925

Louis Newman (occupied 301): Grocer

1922 - ?

Tobe Murphy (occupied 303):  Cleaner

1922 - 1923

Jack Lyle (occupied 303): Barber


Herbert Allsdale (occupied 303): Cleaner

1924 - 1925

Q.T. Stark (occupied 303): Barber

1927 - 1940s

Federal Storage & Van Co. (occupied 301): Storage

1926 - 1940 (303) / 1940 - MID 1990S (301)

Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. (occupied 303 and 301): Manufacture

1928 - 1940s

Holcker Manufacturing Co. (occupied 301): Manufacturer

mid 1990s

Strings West (occupied 301): Guitar Retail

mid 2014

Folks Urban Market And Pantry (occupied 305): Grocer

early 2010s

New Medio (occupied 301): Software Development Firm

The tenant during the Race Masacre:

Attorney H.A. Guess

H.A. Guess was one of the Southwest’s most respected black lawyers in the early 1900s, making it into the 1915 edition of “Who’s Who of the Colored Race.” Born in 1869, Guess was a graduate of Howard Law School and began practicing law in Tulsa in 1912.

On the night before the June 1st Race Massacre, Guess was one of the men from Greenwood, many of them WWI veterans, who drove down to the courthouse to confront the White mob that was demanding an African American man be lynched for an alleged transgression. During this confrontation shots were fired, and twelve men died.

Guess returned to his home on Elgin Avenue, to his wife, Minnie, and his two daughters, one street east of Gitwit’s location. They went to sleep, only to be awoken by fire. Their home was being burned to the ground by white men. Guess, his wife, and his two daughters hid from the men. Shortly after, Guess was somehow separated from his family and captured by the mob. He was one of many Black men, women, and children paraded like prisoners down the streets of downtown Tulsa at gunpoint with their hands in the air.

How do we know this? His wife and children saw it happen. Guess, upon seeing his wife and daughters safe in the crowd, gave them a wink and a smile. His wife and daughters returned to their house on Elgin Avenue in an attempt to fire-proof it, but it burned down despite their best efforts.

The family was later reunited at the Red Cross Camp. Guess hung his law badge on his family’s tent and promised them that he would build an even better house than the one they had before.

And he did.

Gitwit Headquarters

Before moving into 301 E Archer, Gitwit officed out of 11 Reconciliation Way, a few blocks away. At about 15 employees, that space was getting a teensy cramped, so we bought this building in 2016. We remodeled the kitchen, added beer taps in the open space, and, most importantly, completely redesigned the interior to give everyone a closed-door office. Crucial to our ability to deep work is to give each Nitwit a space of their own, so we gave everyone free reign to personalize their offices. Our only regret? Leaving the original carpet.

Gitwit Expansion

In 2021, Gitwit bought the empty buildings east and north of HQ1 — a former market and restaurant, respectively. We leased out the building north of us and expanded our headquarters to the east, essentially doubling our square footage.

Why we needed to expand:

Gitwit grew crazy fast and doubled the number of Nitwits in 2021, so we needed much more space for collaboration and for everyone to have closed-door offices. We also needed a large gathering space to hold all 50+ Nitwits for All-Team meetings.

So we purchased the building next to us, knocked a hole in the wall, and doubled the size of our office overnight (well, more like 18 months). We added three bathrooms, four full-length wall murals, three conference rooms, and 20+ more offices with closed doors.