By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Gatewood is Oklahoma City’s largest historic district. It will host its 17th annual Home and Garden Tour on Sunday, October 27, from noon – 5 p.m. Open for viewing will be four private homes – one with a beautiful garden – and one public space.
This event is Gatewood’s largest annual fundraiser with proceeds going towards neighborhood improvements benefiting its residents and the surrounding historic community.
The Gatewood Historic District (GHD) is situated between N.W. 16 and N.W. 23 and between N. Classen Blvd. and N. Pennsylvania Ave, in Oklahoma City.
Homes featured on the tour are located at 1205 N.W. 20 & Garden, 2100 Carey Place, 2008 N.W. 21 and 2020 N Indiana Ave. Innovative Spaces, at 1751 N.W. 16 will host the hospitality suite during the tour with complimentary refreshments provided by the GHD Board and Aimee Struble of 180 Residential Group.
Prizes will be on display at the hospitality suite for the drawing will take place following the home tour Sunday night. Winners are notified immediately.
Carey Place is a well-known street located in the middle of Gatewood with its own unique identity.
The tour home at 2100 Carey Place is known as ‘The Bullet Hole House.’ Built in 1938, it features a bullet hole in the living room window. Legend says a jealous husband finding his wife in a compromising position caused the shot to be fired.
Original details of this two story Minimal Traditional home include a working wood burning native stone basement fireplace, faux wood logs in the main floor gas fireplace, and a built-in vanity in the upstairs bathroom. Visitors will view a staircase and balcony landing featuring iron handrail and balustrade and a vaulted wood ceiling.
Philip and Patricia (Trish) Scott’s home, at 1205 N.W. 20 was built in 1922. This Prairie Schoolhouse style house features an extensive collection of orange glassware and 67 iron cats decorate the first floor. The lavishly landscaped gardens feature a variety of lawn ornaments, a sign collection, a fishpond, and will be decorated in Halloween décor.
Chris and Traci Boren’s Tudor Revival house, 2020 N. Indiana Ave., was built in 1926. It features updates including a renovated master bathroom and kitchen and a large wood rear deck. Many interior features are original, including the fireplace, guest bathroom tile, hardwood floors, windows and doors.
Constructed in 1927 in Spanish Mission Colonial Revival style, 2008 N.W. 21 boasts exterior features such as clay tile roofing, a parapet and a large palladium front window. A 2009 renovation created an updated galley-style kitchen, two bathrooms, exterior chimney pots, and a wrought-iron light fixture in the dining area. The front living room has a barrel ceiling accented by the original Frankoma Pottery Aztec pattern fireplace surround. The lawn is highlighted with a xeriscape garden.
Innovative Spaces, 1751 N.W. 16 is part of the early Plaza District commercial area, which was the home of Pettee’s Hardware Store in 1941.
Current owner, Keri White said, “We searched long and hard for just the right place to plant our labor of love. We are excited to be a part of the revitalization of the Plaza District and urban community effort. Innovative Spaces is a design studio celebrating both passion for renovation and preservation.”
With placement on the National Register in March 2004, Gatewood now has over 900 private homes, 300 commercial businesses and another 300-plus residences in duplexes, four-plexes, and apartment buildings.
Gatewood offers both public and private grade and middle schools, a magnate high school listed in the country’s top 40 by Newsweek, large churches with history dating back to statehood, the Plaza District, Oklahoma City University, and proximity to downtown OKC.
Janet Seefeldt, GHD home/garden tour chair said, “Historic home tours are a wonderful way to see into the heart of a neighborhood. Lots of people come just for entertainment but there are an increasing number of those who come to check out the atmosphere because they are considering purchasing a home in the inner-city.”
Advance sale tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the following locations: 23rd Street Antique Mall, 3023 N.W. 23; Antique Avenue, 5219 N. Western; RetroOKC, 1708 N.W. 19, Innovative Spaces, 1751 N.W. 16; Feathered Nest, 6353 MacArthur Blvd.; Broadway Antique Mall, 114 S. Broadway in Edmond; or online at gatewoodokc.com.
For more information, contact Janet Seefeldt at 525-9441.
Gatewood Home & Garden Tour offers history and beauty, October 27
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