“It's a Minimalist Traditional home. It's built in a small way but with grand elements, and we're very, very happy to have it on the tour this year.”
Original features include the working wood-burning native-stone fireplace in the basement, the working fuse box panel at the top of the basement landing, faux wood logs in the main-floor gas fireplace, and the built-in vanity in the upstairs bathroom.
Visitors will notice grand appointments, on a diminutive scale, “in the beautiful staircase and balcony landing with its iron handrail and balustrade, the living-room chandelier with colored crystal drops, and the vaulted wood ceiling,” Seefeldt said.
Also on the tour
• Innovative Spaces/Keri White, 1751 NW 16.
Part of the early Plaza District commercial area, this space was once the home of Pettee's Hardware Store in 1941.
“We searched long and hard for just the right place to plant our labor of love,” owner Keri White said. “We are excited to be a part of the revitalization of the Plaza District and urban community efforts as bringing fresh inviting energy to tired neglected spaces is what we are all about. Certainly we felt a common thread when selecting our home here. Innovative Spaces is a design studio celebrating both passion for renovation and preservation.”
• Philip and Patricia “Trish” Scott, 1205 NW 20.
An example of Prairie Schoolhouse architecture, built in 1922.
• Chris and Traci Boren, 2020 N Indiana Ave.
A Tudor Revival built in 1926.
• A Spanish Mission/Colonial Revival at 2008 NW 21, built in 1927.
Most of residential Gatewood was built starting just before statehood and continuing through the 1940s. The renaissance of downtown Oklahoma City has caused an influx of people wanting to return to urban living and Gatewood is seeing a tremendous revitalization, Seefeldt 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,” she said.
“Home tours are a marvelous way to do this, because you get to see homes as they are lived in.”