Henry Overholser was an 1889er who earned the title of "Father of Oklahoma City: as a man of modest wealth who was involved in almost every aspect of the city's growth from 1889-1903. The year the mansion was built he was listed in the city directory as "Overholser, H...Capitalist," and that does sum up his career, he was an entrepreneur who built "imposing structures" in the heart of the city; he persuaded the Frisco Railroad to build its line into Oklahoma City instead of Guthrie. In the area of political life, he served as County Commissioner, as County Finance Officer during the Panic of '97, and had been one of the "Committee of Seven" which settled land disputes during April-May, 1889. The State Fair of Oklahoma was another one of his favorite accomplishments. So respected was he that, on the afternoon of his funeral in August 1915, even the city and county offices--as well as the downtown businesses--closed.Put Henry Overholser Mansion and other Oklahoma City attractions into our Oklahoma City trip planning app, and watch your holiday take shape.
In 1901, Mr. Overholser bought three city lots on Northwest 15th street, "out in the country" for about $2000 each at the time when the City limits of Oklahoma City ended at around NW 6th Street. The Queen Ann styled mansion is almost 11,000 square feet designed by Kansas City architect, W.S. Matthews, a graduate of Kensington Academy, London.
Many items are original to the earliest days of the mansions; several decorative objects were acquired by Mrs. Overholser between 1915 and 1940; some were added during the occupancy of the Perry's.
Henry Overholser Mansion Reviews
Great tour! Very personal. We were a small group ... just us and one other. There are so many wonderful original pieces of furniture. Take the time to enjoy this gem. more »
This was my second time at the mansion. First time was for a Paranormal Investigation a couple years ago so it was nice to do the your and be able to hear all the history. Built in 1903 before... more »
This is a must see! This mansion has only been owned by the Overholser. The house is 98 percent original including furniture, wallpaper and items. Very beautiful and well kept. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the family and home.
The mansion is an important part of Oklahoma City's history. It is in excellent condition and has impressed this antique collector with its's beautiful furniture. The overall presentation and the tour guide could have been more professional. The surrounding neighborhood is very impressive and should be a must see if you choose to visit this city. I would have preferred an availability to more literature about the mansion and the city.
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