Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number 73001561
Historic Name E.W. MARLAND MANSION
Description of Significance THE MARLAND MANSION IN PONCA WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT FOR E.W. MARLAND, OIL TYCOON AND TWELFTH GOVERNOR OF OKLAHOMA. ARCHITECT JOHN DUNCAN FORSYTHE MODELED THE RESIDENCE ON THE DAVANZATI PALACE IN FLORENCE, ITALY, AND THE HOME BECOME KNOWN AS THE PALACE ON THE PRAIRIE. THE GREAT DEPRESSION DEPLETED MARLANDS FORTUNES AND HE WAS FORCED TO SELL HIS HOME TO A RELIGIOUS ORDER IN 1941. THE ORDER, THE CARMELITE FATHERS, MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE GROUNDS OF THE ESTATE. THE MANSION IS A THREE STORY STONE BUILDING WITH A CLAY TILE ROOF. ELABORATE METAL AND STONEWORK ACCENTED THE BUILDING ON THE EXTERIOR, AND ORNATE WOODWORK AND PAINTINGS FILLED THE INTERIOR. LISTED IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER, 4/11/1973. LISTED AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK 12/22/1977.
Current Name THE VILLA
Address MONUMENT ROAD
City PONCA CITY
County KAY
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Block
Current Section
Township
Range
Type BUILDING
Historic Function DOMESTIC: SINGLE DWELLING
Current Function RECREATION AND CULTURE: MUSEUM
Area Signficance 1 ARCHITECTURE
Area Significance 2 ECONOMICS
Date Prepared SEPTEMBER 1972
Year Built 1926-1928
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder FORSYTHE, JOHN DUNCAN, ARCHITECT
Architectural Style ITALIAN RENAISSANCE
Roof Material TERRA COTTA
Wall Material STONE
Window Material WOOD
Door Material WOOD
Decorative Details PREPARATION OF VARIOUS DECORATIVE FEATURES WAS IN CHARGE OF RESIDENT SCULPTOR.
Condition EXCELLENT
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Restricted N