In the time it took Dana Galiga and Teresa Pope to envision, manage and produce the 2013 Symphony Show House event, they could just about have built the three houses from scratch.
Galiga and Pope serve this year as co-chairmen of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League's annual event, dubbed “The Trio at The Abbey” at The Abbey in Fairview Farm. The fundraiser opened last weekend and continues with the homes open daily through May 19.
The homes are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 at the door as well as numerous retailers. See www.symphonyshowhouse.com/.
The Symphony Show House, in its 40th year, is a major fundraiser for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, with a goal this year of raising $200,000, Galiga said.
With more than 11,000 square feet to fill in three new homes — that's 72 indoor and outdoor spaces, custom designed by 38 designers — where did Pope and Galiga start?
At the end of the 2012 Symphony Show House. Plans for the next show house start “pretty much the day after” an event closes, said Cindy Raby, Orchestra League president.
At first the job seems impossible, Pope said, “Then you just do what needs to be done.”
The pair agreed that it had been a year of late-night consultations — and that they were grateful for unlimited texting plans.
If there was ever a blueprint for tackling the show house, Galiga and Pope had to redraw it when the board was approached by developer Mark Gautreaux with an offer of not one, not two, but three show houses.
Galiga said they knew right away the triple home plan would be a hit.
It also meant triple the possibilities for private events such as evening parties to weddings, she said.
The three custom homes that make up “The Trio at The Abbey” include the Traditional, a 4,208-square-foot, two-story home at 1401 NW 158; the Contemporary, a 4,590-square-foot home with a large finished basement at 1501 NW 158; and the Italian, the smallest of the three at 2,646 square feet, at 15820 Chapel Ridge Lane.
The Italian home has a stone exterior and an interior featuring exposed, carved wood ceiling beams and hand-scraped floor planks that gives the place the feel of a Mediterranean cottage. Gautreaux described it as “all the quality we can deliver” at a more manageable scale.