Henry Overholser, considered to be the Father of Oklahoma City” built the Overholser Mansion in 1903. When Henry and Anna Overholser’s only daughter Henry Ione died in 1959 the home was left to her husband David Jay Perry. Perry wanted to preserve the home and in 1972 sold the home and all of its contents to the Oklahoma Historical Society. The home is now owned by the Oklahoma Historical Society and managed by Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.
The Overholser, built in 1903 by Henry Overholser, was
considered to be the first mansion built in Oklahoma City. The mansion had a
Queen Anne and Chateauesque architectural style that did not fit in with the
style of others homes in the area.
Henry and Anna Overholser always opened up their home to
guest. For decades after the mansion remained a center for social life.
Weddings, dinners, and literary events were held at the mansion. Anna
Overholser gave birth to their first and only daughter, Henry Ione in the home
Henry Overholser died in 1915 and his window Anna continued living
in the mansion. Upon her death in 1940 the home was transferred to their
daughter and her husband David Jay Perry. The Perry’s did not have any
children. Therefore, when Henry Ione died in 1959 the home was left to her
David Jay Perry realized the historical value of the
mansion. He worked to see it preserved as a living tribute to those people who
arrived in the area the year following the Oklahoma Land Run. The Overholser
Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1970
and in 1972 Perry’s hopes were fulfilled.
On April 14, 1972, David Jay Perry sold the house and all of
its contents to the Oklahoma Historical Society. The Oklahoma Historical
Society now owns the mansion and Preservation Oklahoma, Inc manages the site.