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Oklahoma designers show home holds tales of its past

BY RICHARD MIZE Published: April 25, 2009

photo - Glenna Tanenbaum and Mike McAuliffe, co- chairmen of the Symphony Designers Show House, stand in the main living room of the home at 431 NW 17 in Oklahoma City’s Heritage Hills neighborhood. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN
Glenna Tanenbaum and Mike McAuliffe, co- chairmen of the Symphony Designers Show House, stand in the main living room of the home at 431 NW 17 in Oklahoma City’s Heritage Hills neighborhood. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN
Mike McAuliffe’s co-chairmanship of the Symphony Designers Show House — he’s the first man to hold the post in the 37-year history of the fundraiser — is, perhaps, most benign of the historic firsts associated with the grand old home in Heritage Hills.

It all goes downhill from there, historically speaking.

First burned American flag ever on display in a Designers Show House? Check.

First prominent mention of the Ku Klux Klan in a Designers Show House? Check.

First Oklahoma governor to be impeached? Check.

John "Jack” Walton’s supporters — including the KKK — bought the house for him in 1922, before the state had an official Governor’s Mansion.

Turbulent times
The corrupt and inept governor went downhill fast, declaring martial law, censoring newspapers, and turning against the Klan, which burned a cross in the yard. Which scorched the flag. Which is in a frame on a wall in the Symphony Designers Show House. Which opens for tours Sunday.

"Downhill,” when it comes to history’s mysteries and intrigues, is in the eye of the beholder.

Organizers of this year’s Symphony Designers Show House are betting that heavy doses of early-Sooner State plots, schemes and shenanigans, and later colorful but less turbulent times will help draw people to the 4,700-square-foot, 17-room Italianate estate at 431 NW 17. This year’s theme is "Opening the Doors to History.”

‘Caldwell house deal’
Oil man and banker Walter D. Caldwell built the home in 1918 and sold it to fellow oil man E.W. Marland, a future Oklahoma governor, but Marland never lived in it.


• Individual at the door…$15.

• Individual online at www.Symphony…$16.50.

• No children younger than 8 years old.

• No cameras.

Note: The Symphony Designers Show House is a private residence and is not handicapped accessible.

Interior designers participating in the Symphony Designers Show House:

• Antique Gardens Ltd.

• Bob Mills


• California Closets.

• Caroline Romano Designs.

• Designer

Hardware by Faye.

• Heenan’s Home Furnishings.

• Jerilyn

Linsenmeyer — Palmer Interior


• Karl Bertoch


• Kern’s Antiques

& Interiors.

• Keven Carl.

• Kokopelli.

• Mathis Brothers Furniture.

• Miranda Nance Designs.

• Mister Robert.

• Norwalk Furniture.

• Room to Dream.

• S.C. Designs.

• Spark Designs.

• Steven Giles.

• The Enchanted Cottage.

• University of

Central Oklahoma Interior Design.

• Urban Kitchens (formerly Vintage Kitchens).

• W. Home Designs.

• Landscape/

Exterior Designers.

• Akin’s Plant


• Amini’s Galleria.

• Calvert’s Plant Interiors Inc.

• Everything


• Landiscapes.

• Marcum’s Nursery.

• Outback Lawn Care.

• Seasonal Living at Flower City.

• Summit


• Turfteam Outdoor Scapes &


• Wilshire Garden Market.

• Wilson’s


Where? 431 NW 17 (at Walker Avenue).

When? Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays noon to 5 p.m., through May 17 (last tour 30 minutes before closing). Complementary valet parking.

What to eat? Show House Cafe lunch daily 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $12 including drink. "Lunch & Tour Special” for 10 or more, $25, by reservation. Sunday Champagne Brunch noon to 2 p.m., $15. Reservations suggested for 10 or more.

Who to contact? Show house phone is 842-7282. www.SymphonyShow, or call Oklahoma City Orchestra League office, open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 848-6787.

Ticket sales

• Ballenger’s Furniture, 1389 E 15th St.

• Done by Design, 14901 Metro Plaza Blvd.

• Gourmet Gallery, 1532 S Boulevard.

• Paper Lion, 3218 S Boulevard.


• The Enchanted Cottage 745 NW 32nd Place.


• Antique Gardens Ltd., 323 West Body.

• Kern’s Antiques & Interiors, 2001 W Main, Suite 123.

• Mister Robert, 109 E Main St.

Oklahoma City

• Oklahoma City Philharmonic McAlpine Center, 428 W California.

• Bebe’s, 6480 Avondale Drive.

• Bob Mills Furniture, 3600 W Reno.

• Casey’s, 9305 N


• Heenan’s, 3841 NW 63.

• Java Dave’s Coffee, 10 NE 10.

• Learning Tree, 7638 N Western.

• Mathis Brothers, 3434 W Reno.

• Nona’s Painted Door, 1 Mickey Mantle Drive.

• One Silver Place, 7222 N Western.

• Prairie Thunder Baking Co., 1114 Classen Drive.

• Quail Creek Bank, 12201 N May.

• Red Chateau, 9205 N Pennsylvania.

• Silks Etc., 12100 N May.


• BancFirst, 1939 N Harrison.

• Brown Furniture, 1601 N Kickapoo Ave.


• The Arrangement, 419 Main St.


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