Dr. Diana Hampton is a veteran of Heritage Hills and its Historic Home Tour, which is this weekend.
Her childhood home was on the tour 40 years ago. She happened to be home from school, not feeling well, when a photographer came to take photos for The Oklahoman — including one of her. (Sadly, the photo could not be located in the newspaper's archives).
But the moment left an indelible memory of growing up at NW 14 and Hudson, where her parents, Dr. James Hampton and the Rev. Canon Carol Hampton, still live. It went with her to college at Stanford University, and on to medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
And it came with her when she came back home, to a small apartment, to begin her career in ophthalmology.
Memories enlivened Diana Hampton's decision to open her home at 1715 N Hudson, just a few blocks from where she grew up, for the 47th Heritage Hills Historic Home Tour, with the theme “Upscale Urban Living in Historic Homes.”
The tour is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tour headquarters is Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15. Tickets are $15.
The Overholser will present a Jazz Age fashion exhibit. Vintage automobiles will be on display at the homes. A narrated neighborhood walking tour will be offered. Ingrid's Kitchen will sell delicatessen items and pastries in a cafe in the Overholser Mansion Carriage House, which also will have a gift shop. Proceeds will go to the Heritage Hills Associate Board of Historic Preservation Inc., a nonprofit corporation. For more details, go to www.heritagehills.org/hh.
Hampton said she has fond memories of growing up in Heritage Hills. She said she, at age 5, chose the house her parents bought. Returning to the neighborhood, in 2011, seemed natural, she said.
“My parents bought a house in Heritage Hills in 1971, and their home was on the tour in 1973,” she said. “Most children, when they graduate and move away, think they'll never return home, and I didn't really plan on returning to Heritage Hills.
“But when I moved back to Oklahoma to do my ophthalmology residency and then decided to stay here, raising children, I quickly was learning the opportunities of being close to family and close to a neighborhood that still means a lot to me. So when this house came on the market, it was an easy match, to want to move back into the neighborhood.”
This home was built by G.A. Nichols, founder of Nichols Hills, the most prolific builder in Heritage Hills from 1917 to 1922.
“With a building permit of a whopping $25,000 for this 20-room home, it was not only the first home Nichols built in the neighborhood but also his most expensive,” tour PR chairwoman Trudy Stillwell White said.
“Visitors will be able to check out original architectural features reflecting Nichols' love of Southwestern architecture as well as the tasteful updates and renovations of subsequent homeowners. After almost a century, this home still represents ‘Upscale Urban Living!'”
Features include a full basement, a main floor that seems to flow naturally from foyer to formal living area, to parlor, to kitchen to formal dining, and a suite of bedrooms upstairs. Outdoor living space includes a balcony off the master bedroom, patio deck and sunken meditation garden.
Hampton said the kitchen, recently remodeled, is her favorite space in the home. Another favorite feature is a Murano glass jellyfish pendant light fixture over the island, “a birthday present to myself a year ago,” she said. “I think it really fit well in the house, with the Italian and Spanish influence and the architecture of the home.”
Other homes on the Heritage Hills Historic Home Tour are:
• 326 NW 16, home of William Carey.
This was built in 1929, with “Moorish design roots,” White wrote in a summary description. “Before moving in, the Careys made extensive repairs and updates but left the character of the home intact, so that it looks much as it did in 1929.”
• 322 NW 15, home of Dr. Adam de la Garza and Corey Phillips.
Frank J. Wikoff, an '89er and one of the founders of Stillwater, built this English manor-style home in 1916, incorporating features including stone window sills, a mock tower, copper front doors “and dining room paneling reputedly cut from a single walnut tree, all for $16,000!” White said. The owners have made improvements to the kitchen and wine cellar.
• 300 NW 15, home of Kyle and Sara Sweet.
“The exterior of this Georgian home remains virtually unchanged from 1921 when it was built for a rich cotton buyer from Ardmore,” White wrote. “As you stroll through this beautiful home, pay special attention to examples of Jazz Age state-of-the-art technology such as an intercom telephone system, linking the upper and lower floors with the servants' quarters behind the garage, and an original Honeywell thermostat in the foyer.”
• 440 NW 16, home of Michael and Katherine Nichols.
“This picture-perfect English manor house fairly exudes comfort and tradition, so it's easy to understand why homeowners Michael and Katherine Nichols have returned to Michael's childhood home to raise their family,” White wrote. “Visitors will be delighted by the way the homeowners were able to balance respect for the house's vintage architecture with the needs of their modern family as they modernized the kitchen and updated the upstairs floor plan.”