The grand mansion now known as Centennial House wasn’t all that impressive when the Oklahoma Military Department bought it in 2007, Oklahoma’s centennial year — in fact, it needed work.
It got it after Debbie Thompson, whose husband is Maj. Gen. Michael C. Thompson, the state adjutant general, put her foot down.
“The house was in such bad shape, that when I stepped into the hallway, my foot literally went through the wood floor and all the way to the ground,” she said of the now-renovated home at 6700 N Kelley Ave., this year’s Symphony Show House fundraiser.
The Oklahoma National Guard went to work renovating the 7,695-square-foot home, built in 1935, and built a pavilion at the back of the courtyard. The guard used it for offices, promotion and retirement ceremonies and the like, she said.
More recently, Centennial House was the temporary home of Gov. Kevin Stitt, his wife, Sarah, and their family for the first half of his term.
“When they moved to Oklahoma City from their Tulsa home, they graciously agreed to live in the Centennial House for a season, so that a long-overdue restoration of the Governor’s Mansion could take place. First lady Sarah Stitt made several updates to the Centennial House, as well, prior to their time in the home,” event organizers said.
Now, it is a splendid venue for the 48th annual Symphony Show House, organized by the Oklahoma City Orchestra League as the main fundraiser for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and its music education programs.
The Symphony Show House will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through June 27. Tickets are $15 in advance at www.okcphil.org and $20 at the door. The multilevel property is not accessible for those with limited mobility.
There is a boutique, and all items in the show house are for sale.
“In addition to several living and dining room spaces, the historic home features six bedrooms, six baths, and a lovely backyard veranda and courtyard,” said Agnieszka Rakhmatullaev, executive director of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
She added, “It’s always thrilling to partner with some of the finest designers in our community to bring wonderful design ideas to our community, all while supporting the education and community engagement programs of the OKCPHIL.”
The Symphony Show House chairman is J. Mark Taylor, of Traditions Fine Furnishings & Design. He worked on renovations with the first lady, who contacted Debbie Thompson to arrange for Centennial House to be the show house. Sarah Stitt and Thompson are honorary co-chairmen.
This year’s Symphony Show House designers are:
• Rosinna Gies — Armini’s Galleria.
• Tuesday Fay and Halal Songer — Bob Mills Furniture.
• Abbie Wilkerson, Aleks Payne, and Doris Medrano — Calvert’s Plant Interiors.
• Johnathan Kwee — Fabricologie.
• Katelynn Henry, Steve Calonkey, Steve Simpson, Madison Denison, and Mackenzie Matray — Henry Home Interiors.
• Patty Tippet — Home Dazzle.
• Kari Lopez, Renae Brady, and Tracy Knoche — LOREC Ranch Home Furnishings.
• Lynda Savage — Lynda Savage Art.
• Nathan Hughes and Gabrielle Roberts — Mathis Design Studio.
• Keven Calonkey Carl, Cassidy Brunsteter, and Lance Whitlow — Mister Roberts Fine Furniture.
• Travis Neely and Phara Queen — Neely + Queen.
• Cindy Curley and Ryan Johnson — Norwalk Design.
• Ronette Wallace — OTW Interiors.
• Julie Miller — Tin Lizzie’s.
• J. Mark Taylor & Adriana Nunez — Traditions Fine Furnishings & Design.
• Pam Cravens — Vintage Gypsy.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s music education and community engagement include programs for children, high school students, families and adults. For more information, go to okcphil.org.
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