When Linwood Place was platted in 1909, the state capital was still in Guthrie, the Oklahoma City Stockyards had yet to open for business, and the population of Oklahoma City was less than 65,000.
The original developers, who platted Linwood Place, bounded by Drexel and Grand Boulevards, NW 16 and NW 23 streets, planned and marketed large lots as “country estates” away from the bustling city. The earliest houses were built between 1910 and the 1920’s.
Then a major re-development of the area occurred in the 1930’s, after the neighborhood was re-platted and subdivided. At this time, the distinctive Tudor brick cottages were built. Now, the neighborhood, which lies at the end of the old trolley line, beams with homes displaying an eclectic mix of architectural styles, to include Craftsman, Prairie School, Colonial Revival, Mediterranean and Spanish Style.
Today, Linwood Place is experiencing a renaissance right along with much of historic Oklahoma City. Homes have been restored and are being maintained to their pristine best. A diverse blend of families with young children, singles and senior citizens make up the tight-knit community.
The pedestrian-friendly, majestic tree-lined neighborhood, complete with a large city park and wide grassy median offers the perfect opportunity for neighbors and friends to be active, outside in the fresh air, enjoying one another’s company.
One hundred two years from its beginning by those visionary developers of majestic estates, Linwood Place stands as one of the most stable and beautiful inner city neighborhoods in the capital city.
On Sunday, Oct. 23, the Linwood Place Neighborhood invites the Oklahoma City community to take a step back in time and attend its 16th Annual Tour of Historic Homes from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
“We are excited for this year’s tour,” said Deborah Saunders. “We will feature five homes, and Linwood Elementary School which will show off its wonderful new addition created by the MAPS Project,” explained Deborah Saunders, Tour Committee Member. She continued, “The school is a wonderful addition to our Tour and gives our community an opportunity to see the completed work!”
Linwood Place Tour homes are:
Terry & Micki Glover (Hospitality House) 3118 NW 18 St.
Wayne & Becky Osmond, 3144 NW 21 St
Tim & Ana Lykes, 3315 NW 21 St. Teresa Rose, 3121 NW 20 St.
Barrett & Megan Ellis, 3240 NW 18 St. Linwood Elementary, 3416 NW 17 St.
Tickets: $10.00 in advance at 23rd Street Antique Mall, 3023 NW 23 St. and at Prairie Thunder Baking Co., Plaza Court Building at 10th & Walker. Tickets will be $12.00 the day of the event at any of the houses.