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Overholser Mansion, Oklahoma City

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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.

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.
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To stay in the thick of tourist action, book a room at a hotel located in Oklahoma City's downtown area. Hotels in this part of town and the adjacent Bricktown neighborhood offer every comfort of home plus many extras, including 24-hour room service, indoor swimming pools, workout facilities, and on-site restaurants. Quiet neighborhoods just a short drive from downtown feature cozy bed and breakfasts and small motels that are less expensive. Many offer rooms with access to fully equipped kitchens and private outdoor spaces.
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  • A gem. A must see attraction In Oklahoma City. The remarkable condition of the home is a credit to the group who maintain the home. The guide was informative and committed. The well preserved fittings...  more »
  • This is a great piece of Oklahoma history in Heritage Hills just north of downtown OKC. Beautiful neighborhood with history dating back to statehood. It is in the process of being restored to its orig...  more »
  • Visited with my wife and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The house has quite a history and the tour guide brought details that made you feel like you were living in the past. I would recommend a visit...  more »
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  • A very well maintained piece of history in okc.
  • My wife and I visited the Henry Overholser Mansion in May 2013. The exterior was under renovation/restoration but we bought the tour on LivingSocial and went through the interior. The tour guide is very knowledgeable on the house and shared her stories from firsthand accounts. The house is unique in that only four people have owned it, all in the Overholser family (Mr. and Mrs. Overholser, their daughter, and their son-in-law). The son-in-law sold the house and all of its furnishings still in it to the state of Oklahoma in the 1960's. Much of the house is as it was when it was built in 1903 with some updated furnishings added until the 1960's. The mansion is beautiful and offers a unique view of life in Oklahoma in the early days of statehood.