McAllister House is a historic home in Seiling, Oklahoma. Built in 1920, it is the only Craftsman-style bungalow remaining in town. The building was commissioned by Pat and Belva McAllister, members of a prominent local family, who lived there from 1920 to around 1940. Upon the death of Belva McAllister, the house was sold to Lillie Perkins, who ran the building as a boarding house until 1985.
Backstory and Context
The home is built in the American Craftsman style, a design movement which developed out of the British Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. The hallmarks of the American Craftsman style are simplicity, use of local materials, and the visibility of handicraft.
Like many other homes built in the American Craftsman style, the McAllister House is a "bungalow," a term which refers to a detached low-rise home with one or two stories and often having a veranda (i.e. open-air porch). Notable features include a cross-gabled roof, front gabled porch, and heavy textured stucco on the exterior.
Following the death of Belva McAllister in the early 1940s, the house was sold to Lillie Perkings, who ran it as a boarding house until 1985. In 1994, the house was bought by Darol and Catherine Wilson.
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