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Monday, December 26, 2011

Overholser Mansion

We took a day trip to Oklahoma City this last summer to visit the Overholser Mansion. Walking through the halls, one journeys back in time experiencing first hand life as the Overholser family did over one hundred years ago. This 1903 three-story Chateauesque home with original furnishings, hand-painted canvas walls, stained glass windows and lavish fixtures, stands as a tribute to one of Oklahoma City's truly remarkable families. The 11,000+ square foot home provides a unique experience to all who visit. Nestled in the beautiful historic Heritage Hills neighborhood, it is one of Oklahoma City's top tourist attractions.

Here is a gingerbread replica of the mansion on display for Christmas.

The house is brick and stone. The dark brown portions are stone that has been painted.

The 11,000 square foot home and 4,000 square foot carriage house were finished in 1903. Complete with hand painted canvas walls, an interior of Antwerp Oak, extravagant
furnishings, and lavish furnishings and stained glass.

Note the Art Novuea hand painted walls in the entry

The dining room is set for a dinner party

The house still has it original carpet, wallcoverings, furniture and draperies.

These two stained glass windows are at the intermediate level of the main staircase.

The Overholser Mansion’s late-Victorian style interior is one of the few house museums left in America to house 99% of its original collections. It was a private residence until 1972 when it was purchased by the historical society.

Here is a view through the butlers pantry into the kitchen.

Here is a photo in the kitchen showing some of the old baking equipment. The kitchen was remodelled in the 1950's. The tour guide said one of the stipulations of the old housekeeper and cook was that they had to keep the woodburning stove. So they did!

The other interesting thing about the remodel was that they put in the latest kitchen cabinets - they are by a company called St. Charles Kitchen Company and used in famous houses like Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water or Mies Van Der Rohe's Farnesworth residence.

Here is an old picture of the house, back when the horseless carriage was brand new

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