All are operated at least partly by the Oklahoma Historical Society. By , Enid led the nation in poultry production. Enid also became a prime location for terminal elevators, said Holland, because of the development of farming, a railroad hub and Enid's designation as a weighing and inspection station.
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Other exhibits include agricultural tools and elements of farm life ranging from plows to butter churns. It is the only sod house built by a homesteader that is still standing in Oklahoma, said Renee Trindle, director of the museum. The museum encloses the Sod House. A steel-beam-rod breaking plow, which was used to plow a inch-wide strip of sod four inches thick, is on display.
The strips were cut into sod bricks. It took one-half acre of sod, weighing 96 tons, to build a two-room house. One acre actually measures 40 rods long and three rods wide.
A rod is a historical unit of length equal to five-and-one-half yards. It includes the Frisco Depot, the Nill House originally a corn crib , a farm house, a general store, a barn that represents how a barn functioned in the s, and the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. A Seed to Sew education program is offered during November to show elementary students how cotton was grown and harvested in the s. In eastern Oklahoma, the Fort Gibson Historic Site has opened the new Arbuckle Heritage Garden to display how, starting in , soldiers began farming in the area to produce some of their own food.
Local townspeople help with the upkeep, and visitors tour the gardens. O wning a luxury home is arguably the pinnacle of success for many Oklahomans. Impeccable design, high-quality decor, pristine landscaping and exquisite pools are just some of the reasons why these homes provoke awe. Everything is top-of-the-line — interiors, appliances, lighting, flooring, wall coverings and amenities — and skilled designers make these homes worthy of daydreams.
His clients — an empty nester couple who love to entertain — asked him to blend Asian and prairie styles to create an impressive new home. The house is a series of three square pavilions with pyramid roofs and flat-roofed glass corridors linking them together. This striking home is set in a traditional upscale neighborhood on the fringe of a city with houses reflecting European architectural influences.
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Freese says this unique project was perfectly suited to his talents. He decided at age 7 to be an architect. The mid-century home is an artistic collage of their travels to Asia, Europe and South America. Each room in the Murphy-Stewart home reflects how design inspiration is drawn from colors, patterns and texture.
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An unusual sculpture on the front lawn is a primary clue. Murphy was familiar with the home because he once assisted its previous owners with their interior design plans. When he and Stewart bought the house in , they designed a neutral backdrop that would enhance their collections from around the world. Together, they created a feast for the eyes. They love living with sculptures, collages, photographs, ceramics and significant items made from glass, marble and silver.
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Adding quirky touches throughout the home was important to this design-oriented couple. The small entry welcomes guests with a white-lacquered chest, a pink Dale Chihuly blown-glass bowl and a s acrylic sculpture. The two living rooms are unusual — one for daytime, one for evening. The day room features large windows overlooking a patio. The evening living room is designed for elegant entertaining with influences from Peru, Brazil, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Australia and Paris.
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A mid-century Venetian chandelier hovers over the game table. Leather game chairs provide comfortable seating. Chairs designed by Pierre Cardin and Holly Hunt accent the table. Dramatic art dresses the walls. Varied displays of pottery add decorative touches. The kitchen was gutted. Dark, stained, rift-cut cabinets now accent the white walls with a backsplash laid in a linear pattern of pale blue, green and white marble. An architect or an interior designer has to be exceptionally inventive and sensitive to period styles to take an aging, room house and give it a fancy new face.
He focused on an overall revival of every space to give faded glory a new look of sophisticated elegance.