Healing Walkway, John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, a photo by dsjeffries on Flickr.
This house is well-known as “that pretty white house at 41st & Lewis” by many Tulsans. Indeed, it’s been called Tulsa’s most beautiful house since its construction in 1932. From the beautifully-manicured lawn to the graceful dormers and towering fireplaces, the house is among Tulsa’s most iconic residences.
The house was built for R. Otis McClintock, and was designed by architects Donald McCormick and John Duncan Forsyth. When McClintock approached his friend Waite Phillips about the design of the house, Phillips advised him to hire two architects. “I am going to help you with the selection,” Phillips told McClintock in a conversation recorded for posterity by longtime Tulsa architect and historian John Brooks Walton. “For one of the mistakes that I made was that Villa Philbrook is a palace and not a home.”
McClintock took the advice of his friend, and this stunning home is the result. I think we can all agree he made a wise decision.
Thanks to an early wet season, a warm winter and summer-like temperatures, trees are in full, fresh regalia across northeast Oklahoma. I planted this Bald Cypress tree in my parents’ yard about 8 years ago and it’s already 25 feet tall. Bald Cypress has become one of my favorite trees in that time, for its fine leaves, lacy bark, naturally beautiful shape and its sheer resilience. No trees weathered the ice storms of 2007 like the Bald Cypress.
I try to plant a tree every year on Arbor Day, but have missed a few years, so this year, I planted eight trees: two Bald Cypress, two Tupelo Blackgum, two Tulip Poplar, one Loblolly Pine and one Chinese Elm. In no time, they’re going to be big, beautiful, full trees. Trees keep all us mouth-breathers alive. So give thanks to our woody friends!