The McClintock Mansion, Tulsa

McClintock Mansion, Tulsa

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┬áR. 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.

Lightning over Midtown Tulsa

Lightning over Midtown Tulsa, originally uploaded by dsjeffries.

I shot this across from Utica Square tonight after the big storms rolled through Tulsa. Nothing beats an Oklahoma thunderstorm. The photo was featured on KOTV, the Tulsa CBS affiliate, after the storms.