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Become a part of the rich Oklahoma City legacy that is Heritage Hills. Picture yourself in a turn-of-the-century home that occupies an esteemed address along the Tree-lined Hudson Avenue of Oklahoma City.
The Huckins-Nesbitt Manor is situated on the prestigious corner of Hudson and 16th street. Neighboring historic residences include homes of industrialists from the three Cs of early Oklahoma History: Cigars, Cotton and Cattle. And just one block away, sits the Overholser mansion.
As the plots for land were laid out, it was determined that the most prized residences would have an address on Hudson, as opposed to one of the east-west streets. The Huckins-Nesbitt Manor is one of the chosen few residences to possess that distinguished address.
Two of the first lots in this soon to be legendary neighborhood went to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Huckins, Jr.
Huckins, a native of Missouri, moved to Oklahoma City in 1908 to rebuild the Lee-Huckins Hotel. The Huckins Hotel earned the label as the most elegant hotel in the Southwest.
In 1915, Huckins hired one of the states leading architects, James W. Hawk, and started work the Georgian Revival Manor.
The superstructure is formed from interlocking tiles and the veneer is red brick. The red tiled roof is laid in a French Ribbon design with Imperial Tile.
Other elements of Hawks design include the ornate entryway with classical pilasters, the oversized gables supported by brackets, and the exposed rafter tails, one of the first instances where this Southern California bungalow motif was used in the neighborhood.
The interior of the home, with it's large rooms and high ceilings, is just as unique. The woodwork is Mahogany, milled in a privately run design, with custom knives created specifically for the task. The walls of the entry vestibule, foyer, living room, and dining room are covered in imported Fortuny silk fabric. All doors are Mahogany and the floors are narrow cross-cut white oak stained a coffee brown. The foyer features a stately mahogany staircase. Several doorknobs are emblazoned with the Oklahoma State Seal.
The house was completely modern for the time, with the central heating and a central vacuum system.
In 1969 the Manor was acquired by Oklahoma Attorney General Charles Nesbitt and his wife Margot. It is said that Mrs. Nesbitt had her eye on the house even before it went on the market, and as soon as it was announced for sale, they immediately purchased it. An attorney with a law degree from Yale, Nesbitt was elected Attorney General of Oklahoma in 1962, followed by a term as Chairman of the State Corporation Commission, and Oklahoma Secretary of Energy.
His wife, Margot, is a native of England who completed her Master of Arts in Art History and her Ph.D. in Medieval History. After they moved into the home in 1969 with their three children, the Nesbitts enlarged the kitchen to include the butler's and cook's pantries, and converted the icebox room to a breakfast room. They preserved the very rare vintage radiator bread warmer, which was most likely imported from Europe. "
Today the home looks much as it did when constructed by Joseph Huckins in 1915.
Experience the rich history of families who have built Oklahoma City to what it is today. Now, you have the rare opportunity to carry on the grand tradition in this stately Manor.
- 4 bedrooms
- 2.5 bathrooms
- 3 Garages
- 4,572 sq. ft.
- Heritage Hills