OU architecture professor Ron Frantz specializes in midcentury design styles

Frantz said the emergence of so-called “Garden View” designs reflected key socio-economic changes taking place as the post-World War II building boom spun families farther and farther from traditional city centers to the suburbs.
BY TIM FALL trfall@gmail.com Modified: August 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm •  Published: August 17, 2013

Frantz nominated his mother, Beverly Frantz, and his childhood home for a Citation of Merit that was awarded during the Preservation Conference, a project of the State Historic Preservation Office of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

“The 1960s Rollingwood neighborhood of northwest Oklahoma City is just that: rolling woods. It features houses known as ‘rustic ranches' or ‘storybook ranches,' ” Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Melvena Heisch said in presenting the award.

The Frantz house is on a corner lot and features rough cedar siding, diamond-pane windows, and the low-slung roofline, Heisch noted. Interior features include the original wainscoting and crown molding, she said.

“Learning that her house's design was based on a 1956 Parade of Homes model and featured on a California-based, storybook ranch website, (Beverly Frantz) decided to let others know about the significance of this architectural style,” Heisch said. “In 2012, she arranged for a speaker to discuss the topic at the Rollingwood Neighborhood Association's membership meeting.

“Afterward, her neighbors began repairing aging architectural details, repainting their wooden trim, and appreciating the unique character of the neighborhood. Through her work, there will be many more chapters for these Rollingwood Storybook Ranch Houses, including the one in which she and her husband raised their four children.”

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