Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Harwelden Mansion is one of Tulsa's finest historic homes. Now a boutique hotel and event center, it was built in 1923 by wealthy oilman Earl Harwell for his family. It is a beautiful example of English Tudor architecture and has been well maintained over the years. The home features 30 rooms, red-brick walls, seven fireplaces, a slate roof (the first in Tulsa), original light fixtures, and a large projecting bay window above the front door on the east facade. It was restored in 2019. The front lawn features a bronze sculpture depicting a minstrel playing a flute.
Backstory and Context
Earl and his wife, Mary, were active members of the community. They donated money and property to the University of Tulsa, founded the Tulsa Boy's Home, and donated money to the Presbyterian Church. Mary continued philanthropic activities after Earl died. After she passed, ownership of the home was transferred to the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, which was founded in 1960.
Ruth, Kent. "Harwelden." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. February 8, 1978. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/9a2bde69-8038-4a71-80e6-1b110a74b1df.
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