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 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.

Spring has sprung

Photograph © Daniel Jeffries. All rights reserved.

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!

Fairy Tales Do Come True

Marksburg Castle, originally uploaded by dsjeffries.

I wish I’d had a better camera at the time I went to Germany. It was my first trip overseas, and the camera I used was a mere 2.1 megapixel, early generation digital camera. Even though the photos from that trip aren’t of the best quality, I still have many great memories of it and these photos serve as a reason to go back (as if hilltop, medieval castles, great food, wonderful people and delicious food weren’t reason enough!).

This is the Marksburg Castle. A little like something out of a fairy tale, no? It’s amazing to see these places whose walls have so much history in them. It’s almost like being transported back in time when you view these magnificent structures, and might just make you believe in magic again. When I return, I’m going inside these castle walls instead of just observing from a boat along the Rhine River.