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Marland Estate, Ponca City

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The E.W. Marland Mansion is a 43561sqft Mediterranean Revival-style mansion located in Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States. Built by oil baron and philanthropist Ernest Whitworth (E.W.) Marland, as a display of wealth at the peak of the 1920s oil boom, the house is one of the largest residences in the southwestern United States, and is known as the "Palace on the Prairie." It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, and is now a museum open to the public.
The Marland Mansion was built on the side of a small hill, higher on the west side than on the east, in an abandoned stone quarry that determined the placement for the mansion, as the excavations for the quarry was used for the construction of the swimming pool. Designed by prominent Tulsa architect John Duncan Forsyth, the mansion was constructed between 1925 and 1928, and influenced by the Palazzo Davanzati in Florence, Italy that Marland had visited while traveling in Europe. Crafted from light-colored, rusticated limestone blocks, quarried on-site, and set in concrete on a steel frame, the roughly u-shaped layout is 78 feet wide and 184 feet long. The main entrance is found on the west front and features an arched and buttressed porte-cochère with gabled, clay tiled roof, that shelters the arched, 11-panel, double wood entrance doors custom-made in New York. Under each of the four inside corners of the porte-cochère are sculptures of Marland's four hunting dogs, carved by Italian sculptor, Ernest G. Pellegrini. The windows with black painted metal surrounds, to contrast with the light colored stone, are asymmetrically arranged. The first level windows feature wrought iron grill work, while those on the second level are smaller, or have wrought iron balconies.
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  • This 42,500 square feet of architectural beauty is a copy of the Davanzati Palace in Florence, Italy. Now a jewel owned by Ponca City, this mansion houses beautiful art, lavish furnishings, and luxuri...  more »
  • Very friendly guides. Everything was very clean and well kept. We had lunch there in a beautiful room. The food was good, dill chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, salad, a roll. The dessert, cheesecake...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit. If you are from this area it is even better. Lots of history and interesting stuff to look at for everyone. We did the self tour but there are also guided tours. We would love to go back in cooler weather to explorer more outside. There is air conditioning inside.
  • Went here on one of the hottest days of the year but still had a wonderful time. It's a beautiful old home with a lot of stories and things to see. I'd highly recommend taking the guided tour as it takes you into a few places you wouldn't normally get to see if you do the self-guided tour.

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