To heighten awareness and promote preservation of Oklahoma City’s architectural history, and to ensure the protection of our enduring cultural landmarks for years to come. Those are pretty good reasons to participate in a venerable event that offers its own ample rewards: one of the city’s most elegant and storied neighborhoods reopens its doors from noon to 5pm October 6-7 in the 46th annual Heritage Hills Historic Homes and Gardens Tour.
The 2012 tour will feature five homes – residences of the Bingamans, Cavins, Hatfields and the Adams and Hawkins families – as well as St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the Hefner Mansion. Tour Central is at the Overholser Mansion, 405 N.W. 15th Street, where visitors can get a map to each of the tour stops, browse a gift sale on the lawn and enjoy sandwiches and pastries at The Heritage Café by Ingrid’s Kitchen.
The tour features a cross-section of homes and gardens, offering guests the opportunity to view different styles of design, construction and décor in the neighborhood. The families who live in this community view their homes as gifts, and many look forward to the annual opportunity to share them, and their own passion for Oklahoma City’s historic architecture, with the public.
Chairperson for this year’s event is Sam Blackstock; vice-chair is Amy Stephens. Proceeds go to the tour sponsor, the non-profit Heritage Hills Associate Board of Historic Preservation, Inc, to benefit historical and community projects.
Get to It
Tickets are available at the Overholser Mansion on the tour dates for $15 or are $12 if purchased in advance at these outlets:
» 23rd Street Antique Mall, 3023 N.W. 23rd Street
» 42nd Street Candy Company, 4200 N. Western Avenue
» Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place, 1900 N.W. Expressway
» Ingrid’s Kitchen, N.W. 36th Street and Youngs Boulevard
» Overholser Mansion, 405 N.W. 15th Street
» Prairie Thunder Baking Co., 1114 N. Classen Drive (Plaza Court)
» Shady Lady Interiors, 11715 S. Western Avenue