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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  • My wife and I had a little time to kill before the flight out and we went by this historic mansion. Thank goodness it was air conditioned inside! In fact the house has been renovated and it’s in...  more »
  • Really enjoyed this. The docent was well informed, friendly and more than willing to spend time chatting - it's not busy mid-week. You wander through the entire place at your own pace. I'd say the....  more »
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  • 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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