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The 1929 Tudor Revival at 2616 NW 13, owned by Kara Bowes, will be on the Miller in May Home Tour Sunday. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
The 1929 Tudor Revival at 2616 NW 13, owned by Kara Bowes, will be on the Miller in May Home Tour Sunday. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

The Miller in May Home Tour honors more than vintage houses: It showcases history, from grand narrative — the origins and decades-long development of the 28-block Miller neighborhood itself — to personal vignettes, the 600-plus homes in it.

Six homes built from 1916 to 1937, all but one in the Tudor Revival style prominent during the era, plus a studio apartment carved from a 1968 garage, will be open for the self-guided tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10 in advance online at https://millerinmay.eventbrite.com; or at 23rd Street Antique Mall, 3023 NW 23, Bad Granny’s Bazaar, 1759 NW 16, and Classic Silks, 10407 N May; or at any tour stop Sunday.

To mark the 20th anniversary, this year’s event includes a Silent Art Auction at https://www.32auctions.com/miller2019. Participating artists include Terry Clark, Sue Hale, Basil Martin III, Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish and Prescott Krysler. Bids will be accepted until 5 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s an exciting year for Miller,” said Mike Stuart, who has lived in Miller since 1997. “Reaching this 20-year milestone means a great deal to our community. This is our biggest event of the year. To top it off, the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma recently selected Miller for the Neighborhood of the Year Award. It’s the community spirit here that makes all of this possible.”

Miller in May is the main annual fundraiser for the neighborhood. Proceeds go to installation and maintenance of decorative period street lamps and the beautification of medians to maintain the area’s historic integrity.

The neighborhood, platted just before statehood in 1907, is a living exhibition of residential architectural history, mostly Tudor Revival, followed by Craftsman bungalow, then a smattering of Modern Movement, Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Queen Anne and International, according to its listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Builder-developer George Miller first reserved a homestead on 11 acres, but in 1915 he and his wife, Nellie, moved into the home he built at 1221 N Miller Blvd. The neighborhood's boundaries are NW 10, NW 16, N May Avenue and N Villa Avenue. The American elm tree just north of the Miller Boulevard gazebo is a descendant of the Survivor Tree on the grounds of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

"The district is overwhelmingly dominated by the Tudor Revival style with the Bungalow/Craftsman style being the second most popular. Both of these styles were popular for homes in Oklahoma City during the first decades of the twentieth century," according to the National Register, which recognizes its historic name by listing it as Miller's Boulevard Historic District.

"However, the dominance of the Tudor Revival style, combined with the cohesive design of the neighborhood, allows the Miller's Boulevard Historic District to be readily identified as a significant and distinguishable entity amongst Oklahoma City's residential development. The period of significance for the Miller's Boulevard Historic District extends from 1907 to 1941."

By 1941, about 94% of the homes in Miller had been constructed, 75% from 1921 to 1932, and 12% during another building boom from 1936 to 1941, according to the National Register.

Here is a little about each home on the tour, provided by the Miller Neighborhood Association.

2700 NW 14, ranch-type style, built in 1916, Samantha Roberts, Redbird Design.

"Samantha Roberts says she had been in love with the house ... for over 20 years, so when the opportunity to make it her own arose, she jumped on it. Since then, she has embarked on a journey of renovation and redesign that has turned the infamous 'rock ‘n’ roll house of Miller' into a true gem of the neighborhood. The changes made throughout the home are plentiful, but Roberts has preserved many of the historic details while incorporating new design to make the house its best self. It’s a beautiful marriage of old and new."

2630 NW 13, the Gables Home, Tudor Revival, built in 1929.

"The Gables love everything about Miller Neighborhood — the treelined streets, unique homes, proximity to downtown and the Plaza District. But one of the reasons they chose the house on 13th Street was a 1954 GE Stratoliner range. Since moving in December, the couple has put their personal stamp on the home. The living spaces provide a backdrop to a treasured collection of musical instruments and family heirlooms including an antique violin, a guitar from the late 1920s and a roll-top desk purchased at the grand opening of Bruno’s Home Furnishings in 1958."

2649 NW 14, Amie and Tommy Reagan, Tudor Revival, built in 1931.

"Amie and Tommy Reagan purchased their two-story home in 2016 after living on 13th Street ... to allow room for growth. They now share their home with one very large dog and the newest addition to the family, one very tiny boy. The home’s lovely archways on the front porch and grand south window are complemented by stunning arched French doors that separate the living and dining areas. The living room features the original soapstone fireplace, beautifully preserved woodwork and a vaulted ceiling accented with wood beams. Recent renovations include the master bath with new marble, a double vanity, heated floors and clawfoot tub."

2624 NW 15, Christina and Mike Mims, Tudor Revival, built in 1928.

"Some remodels come to life as part of a grand plan. In the case of the Mims’ home, it came as a result of extensive water damage that left them with no other choice. In the end, it was worth the heartache and effort. The transformation is stunning. Windows abound here, filling the house with natural light while offering a view of the gardens. The backyard was inspired by Mike’s late father, a landscape designer by trade. A raised deck, mature pecan trees, string lights and lush, rock-bordered beds create an inviting setting."

1213 N Villa Ave., Stuart-Hall Properties Studio Apartment, 1213 N Villa Avenue, built in 1968.

"The studio apartment on the corner of 12th and Villa began its life as a garage space for the unit above. When longtime Miller residents Mike Stuart and Bruce Hall purchased the building in 2009, they set about creating delightful smaller spaces for those wanting to rent in the neighborhood. Walls have been removed to expose beams and supports and open up the space. White paint enhances that effort, while the furnishings and accents utilize a color scheme of orange, lime green and gray to add depth, style and substance."

2540 W Park Place, Jim Weber, Tudor Revival, 1937.

"Family heirlooms play a big part in Weber’s home; much of the art and furniture pieces belonged to Weber’s grandmothers. He has cleverly carried over existing elements into his redesign, like selecting wall colors from the hand-stenciled border that a previous owner painstakingly added to the living room. The gardens are nothing short of outstanding. Azaleas, coneflowers, columbine and hydrangea at the front of the house are abundant and colorful. The backyard is a sanctuary, where a statue of a woman (she’s been there through many owners) stands guard over a shaded oasis that includes a fire pit, pergola, small pond and lush landscaping."

2616 NW 13, Kara Bowes, Tudor Revival, built in 1929.

"As a Realtor, Kara Bowes knows a thing or two about houses, but what intrigued her most about the house on 13th Street was how important it was to the previous owners that it was sold to an individual and not an investor. They wanted someone to make a home there, and that’s precisely what she has done. To build on the abundance of natural light, Bowes has bathed the home in a neutral palette. She has embraced an updated farmhouse look by adding barn doors throughout that she and a friend built and painted together. While she has changed many things to make the home her own, in a nod to its history, the original light fixture still hangs in the entryway."

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<strong>Stuart-Hall Properties own and renovated a studio apartment, built in a former garage, at 1213 N Villa Ave., one of seven stops on Sunday's Miller in  May Home Tour. [PHOTO PROVIDED]</strong>

Stuart-Hall Properties own and renovated a studio apartment, built in a former garage, at 1213 N Villa Ave., one of seven stops on Sunday's Miller in May Home Tour. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

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Richard Mize

Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked... Read more ›

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