Tour Spotlight: Take a look at 319 NW 18th
Constructed from 1921 to 1926 by Mr. Ben Barnes, who migrated to Oklahoma in 1909 and amassed a fortune as an entrepreneur, this elaborate home was and still is one of the most unique in Oklahoma City. Designed in a Mediterranean style with Moorish influences, it includes the liberal use of arches, decorative balconies, a stucco exterior, carved figures, and an exaggerated round entryway. Inside, a large central staircase fans in both directions and leads to French doors leading to a balcony as well as a large rounded landing. There are rounded door and window frames throughout the home, original glass in the windows, and lovely crown molding. The chandelier in the dining room is original, as is the elaborate bas relief "wedding cake" ceiling. The piano in the formal living room was actually made for the home but at some point had been removed. A previous owner of the home found and restored it to its rightful place of honor.
The second owner of the house, Mr. Lev Prichard, converted the basement into a "cave", complete with stalactites and gold-colored veins running through the simulated rock. Subsequent owners added central heat and air, created elaborate gardens, added a crystal chandelier to the entrance, remodeled and added bathrooms, changed external paint colors several times, covered and uncovered windows, and lowered - then raised again- ceilings.
The current owners, Susan and Ralph McCoy, love their home, which Susan says reminds her of her grandmother's Victorian house in Perry, Oklahoma. She especially appreciates that their home is conducive to outdoor living and often enjoys morning coffee on the side porch where she can observe or interact with
"my amazing neighbors, from children and people in their twenties to a dressed up gentleman in his nineties!" She says, "I feel like I'm on vacation every day."