Henry Overholser Mansion, Oklahoma City

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The Overholser Mansion is a mansion in Oklahoma City built in 1903.
The mansion was built for Henry Overholser, considered to be the "father of Oklahoma City" by many, and his socialite wife Anna Murphy Overholser, and is considered to be Oklahoma City's first mansion. Overholser bought the land for the purpose of building a residence in 1901 and, when built, the mansion was located away from the city center and surrounded by farmland. Overholser died in 1916 and Mrs. Overholser remained in the mansion until transferring ownership to their daughter, Henry Ione Perry, in 1937. Upon her death, the ownership was then transferred to her husband, David Perry, in 1961, who then sold the mansion to the Oklahoma Chapter of American Institute of Architects and Historical Preservation, Inc. The mansion was then donated to the State of Oklahoma, and was then owned and managed by the Oklahoma Historical Society from 1983-2003, and is now managed by Preservation Oklahoma. The Overholser Mansion was restored in 2015 and is open for tours.
The 11,700 square-foot Châteauesque-styled mansion was designed by London-trained architect W. S. Matthews and built at a cost of $38,000. A carriage house accompanies the mansion and measures an additional 4,000 square feet. On the south facade, facing the Hales Mansion, is a porte-cochère. The mansion is constructed of brick and sandstone. Interior walls and ceilings were hand-painted and are illuminated by light fixtures imported from Italy. Original French stained-glass windows remain, and the floors are original English carpets and are accented by Belgian woodwork.
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  • Gorgeous mansion,Next time I come I’m going to actually take a tour today I just drove by and photographed it. 
    Gorgeous mansion,Next time I come I’m going to actually take a tour today I just drove by and photographed it.  more »
  • The house is beautifully kept and the tour, while short, is very enjoyable. It's only about an hour long activity, but it's delightful. 
    The house is beautifully kept and the tour, while short, is very enjoyable. It's only about an hour long activity, but it's delightful.  more »
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  • Went when it was free admission for museum day! It was really gorgeous inside. I had no idea such a historic house is smack dab in OKC! I would have visited sooner if I truly understood how close it was to home.
  • Very cool place to visit in Oklahoma. Enough antiques from Henry to make any serious mancave jealous. Lady Overholser had no shortage of culture and it showed in practically every other room on the first floor. Second floor was the only daughter's floor pretty much and it's almost like walking into I love Lucy. Good times..

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