Frank Phillips Home
1107 SE Cherokee
Bartlesville, OK 74003
Curator: Jim Goss
|Wed - Sat||10am to 5pm|
Tour groups over 15 persons are welcome with advance reservations.
Regular tours are held
Wednesday - Friday at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm; Saturdays at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
Director's tours are held
Wednesday - Friday at 9am (limit of 10 persons)
Use of drones over Oklahoma Historical Society property is not permitted without written approval of the facility director.
Frank Phillips Home
About the Home
Frank Phillips, an ambitious barber-turned-bond salesman from Iowa, visited Bartlesville in 1903 to assess business possibilities in the surrounding oil fields. He returned permanently two years later with his wife, Jane, and young son, John. After a series of failures that nearly caused him to abandon the business, a string of eighty-one straight successful oil wells ensured success. By 1909 he had completed construction of the Frank Phillips Home. From that time until his death in 1950, the home was the setting from which he, his family and friends, and the community that grew up around them, played a key role in the development of the oil industry in America.
The 26 room neoclassical mansion was remodeled twice, most recently in 1930. Thereafter, neither the Phillips nor their granddaughter who donated the home to the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1973, made significant changes to the interior. With few exceptions, the furniture, decorations, and even personal effects are original. The home depicts the lives, tastes, fashions, and values of the Phillips family and their world. As an example of the personal home of an Oklahoma oil millionaire, it is a window through which you can step back in time and experience the home life of one of America's most fascinating oil men.
Visit the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture to find out more about the life of Frank Phillips.
For more information visit the Frank Phillips Home website at www.frankphillipshome.org.