Wright-inspired home featured on Lincoln Terrace tour in Oklahoma City

The Lincoln Terrace Home Tour is from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in Oklahoma City. Tickets are $15 and available at each home, or in advance online for $12 at lincolnterrace.org.
BY TIM FALL trfall@gmail.com Modified: November 7, 2013 at 11:18 am •  Published: November 9, 2013

Carol and Mike Wofford spent many a long, cold Alaska night dreaming of a sunny retirement in Oklahoma.

By the time they broke ground on their Lincoln Terrace lot in 2007, “We knew exactly what we wanted” in a house, Carol Wofford said.

Their three bedroom-, 3½-bath home will be one of five featured on the Lincoln Terrace Home Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and available at each home, or in advance online for $12 at lincolnterrace.org.

Emerging from the Woffords' love of Prairie Style architecture and their relationship to Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower in Bartlesville, the house's design was almost predestined.

Carol, a Bartlesville native who saw the Price Tower being built, eventually worked as director of Price Tower Arts Center Museum. Mike was an attorney for Conoco-Phillips, which once owned Wright's only skyscraper.

“We're both huge Frank Lloyd Wright fans,” Carol said.

They educated themselves on Wright's residential architectural concepts while posted in Alaska for seven years, sketching, scheming and collecting ideas that would eventually come to life on NE 16.

It was 2009, on a previously undeveloped lot “meant to house a ‘Grand Gate' to the Capitol that never happened,” Carol said, when the Woffords moved into their 4,000-square-foot house.

The location is fitting, almost poetically just. The couple met inside the state Capitol, just blocks north of their current home, when she was working for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and he was working for Gov. David Boren.

Oriented in such a way that natural light bathes the main living areas — yet protected from blazing direct sunlight — the entire home is appointed with Stickley furniture, creating an authentic homage to Wright's Prairie Style residences from the early 1900s.

The expansive living room and dining room flow together, with Wright-inspired decorative windows looking west and another wall of windows on the south wall.

The central conversation area is all Stickley: sofa, armchairs and coffee table in the Arts & Crafts style.

Mike's office, opposite the living room, is furnished with a Stickley desk and circular meeting table, with a period-accurate Mission filing cabinet on one wall.

A guest bathroom off the entry way features a copper sink salvaged from a hotel in Chicago.

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