Bullet Hole House puts scare in Gatewood Historic District home and garden tour

The Bullet Hole House has one of those stories that puts the “scary” in Carey Place — and has helped make it an irresistible draw for trick-or-treaters in Oklahoma City. Thousands descend on the short, narrow street, which runs between NW 17 and NW 21, on Halloween night.
by Richard Mize Modified: October 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm •  Published: October 26, 2013

As far as mysteries go, Dr. David Allen and Rosanna Tran's home in the Gatewood neighborhood has all the high points:

Sex (alleged, maybe), violence (gunplay), intrigue (who got shot exactly?) and a bullet hole that will never disappear for good.

It's called the Bullet Hole House, 2100 Carey Place.

Perfect for a house on “Scary” Carey — and perfect timing for the Gatewood Historic District's 17th annual home and garden tour. The tour is from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday with four homes and one garden. It's Gatewood's largest fundraiser, with proceeds going toward improvements of the area bounded by NW 16, NW 23, Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Advance sale tickets are $10 at 23rd Street Antique Mall, 3023 NW 23; Antique Avenue, 5219 N Western; RetroOKC, 1708 NW 19, Innovative Spaces, 1751 NW 16; Feathered Nest, 6353 MacArthur Blvd.; Broadway Antique Mall, 114 S Broadway in Edmond; or online using PayPal at www.gatewoodokc.com. Tickets are $12 on tour day at each tour home.

The Bullet Hole House has one of those stories that puts the “scary” in Carey Place — and has helped make it an irresistible draw for trick-or-treaters. Thousands descend on the short, narrow street, which runs between NW 17 and NW 21, on Halloween night.

“There's a few variations of it, but there was a man and his young bride who had built the house and moved in, and one day he came home from work and saw her in a compromising position with another man, and he looked at them and took out his gun and shot at them,” Allen said. “I don't know if one was shot or both were shot or whatever — but ever since then in the front window there's a panel that has a hole in it. And legend has it that if you ever try to replace that pane, the hole will come back — it will crack.”

Allen and Tran, who are dentists, said they've added their own twist to the tale.

“The previous owner said, ‘Well, I just put a little Plexiglas sheet there.' I actually had somebody out, and I was going to replace some of the panes, and the day before that was (a) hailstorm and it cracked some of the other panes. I was standing looking out the window at the storm and it cracked — and I said, ‘I'm not going to replace it! I'm just going to replace some of these other ones!'”

Even without the bullet hole in the front window, Allen and Tran's two-story home, built in 1938, would be a draw for the tour, said organizer Janet Seefeldt.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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