It wasn’t love at first sight, but Rya Gouge and Alex Mucha did manage to fall for Oklahoma City’s Miller neighborhood.
“The first few houses we looked at were in Miller,” Gouge said of their move here from Stillwater after she finished veterinary school at Oklahoma State University. “It was actually just a couple of houses down from this house.
“At the time, we just weren’t feeling it, and six months later we find this house that we really, really love. It turned out to be four houses down from that very, very first house we ever looked at. It was a long journey, but it started and ended with Miller.”
The couple’s 1 1/2-story, brick Tudor Revial-style home at 2644 NW 15 is one of six on the 16th annual Miller in May Home & Garden Tour Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour tickets are $10 at Garden Gate Antiques, 1307 N May Ave., 23rd Street Antique Mall, 3023 NW 23, or at any stop on the tour, which includes the World Organization of China Painters Museum, 2641 NW 10.
This is the first time for the tour to be on Sunday. Tour chairman Mike Stuart said organizers think it might make a fun family outing.
Milller is vintage early Oklahoma City, founded by developer George Miller mostly in the 1920s and ’30s. The neighborhood is bounded by NW 10 to the south, NW 16 to the north, N May Avenue to the west and N Villa Avenue to the east — and it suited Gouge and Mucha, commute to work and all. She is a veterinarian at Yukon Hills Animal Hospital; he is an electrical engineer for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, in Edmond.
The couple, originally from Austin, Texas, moved into the neighborhood in 2012 — but those aren’t all Texas longhorn skulls mounted on the living room wall: There’s one longhorn skull, one bison, one wildebeest and one addax, a kind of antelope. The vaulted ceiling provides plenty of wall space for the collection.
Other design highlights include the breakfast nook with original buffet; original cabinets that continue into an unusually large kitchen for a house built in 1930; original black-and-white bathroom tile; and a hallway telephone nook with built-in bench.
Improvements include a granite kitchen sink, wainscoting in the hallway — including around a curved corner — a master bath updated with a new shower and a custom-built wood vanity with a green onyx vessel sink.