Henry Overholser Mansion405 NW 15th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
|Tuesday–Saturay||10 am to 3 pm|
Tours are offered at 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, and 2pm. Tours generally last 30-45 minutes.
Reservations are requested for parties of ten or more.
|Group Rate (25+)||$5.00/person|
Use of drones over Oklahoma Historical Society property is not permitted without written approval of the facility director.
Henry Overholser Mansion
Completed in 1903 for one of Oklahoma City's truly remarkable figures, the Overholser Mansion is a glimpse back in time to the life of the man most responsible for the thriving city we know today. The three-story chateauesque home showcases original furnishings, stained glass, and ornate canvas painted walls. Preserved to honor the "Spirit of the 1889'ers," the Overholser Mansion is an opportunity to discover this remarkable family at an extraordinary time in Oklahoma City's history.
In 1901 Henry Overholser purchased land north of Oklahoma City for the purpose of building a home. W. S. Matthews, an architect trained at London's Kensington Academy, supervised the construction and furnishing of the three-story, French Chateau-style house. Decorative arts included Brussels lace curtains, English carpets, and French stained glass windows. The furniture reflected the high style of the period. The mansion has been a focal point of Oklahoma City society since it was opened with a gala reception in 1904. It was often used to entertain prominent cultural figures such as the opera singers, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, and Amelita Gala-Curci.
Later, the mansion served as the "official residence" of US Senator Mike Monroney from 1956 to 1968. The mansion was acquired by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1972 through funds raised primarily by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Restoration and operation of the mansion has been aided through the efforts of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America; Historical Preservation, Inc.; the Women's Architectural League; and Friends of the Overholser. The mansion is operated by Preservation Oklahoma, a private non-profit dedicated to preserving Oklahoma's historic places.
Visit the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture to find out more about Henry Overholser.
Education Program: Overholser and the Built Environment
Preservation Oklahoma promotes the awareness of the importance of caring for our past to provide for a better future. The education program and tour at the Henry Overholser Mansion gives students and teachers an opportunity to discover the results of preservation and establish a sense of place with direct contact.
Click here to learn more about the education program "Overholser and the Built Environment."