723 NW 14th


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Mr. J. Hubert Vosburgh, built the first home on the 700 block in 1906 - before statehood and before the streetcar line was completed around the curve on Shartel. Vosburgh owned a retail shop that sold books, toys, and newspapers. He only remained in the home until 1909. For the next six years the home was occupied by Mr. Solomon Barth, president of the B&M Clothing Store.

The profile of the house features American prairie style characteristics like its hipped roof with widely overhanging eaves and the dormer gable. A one-story porch with squared supports surrounds the front and sides of the two-story structure. The clean, strong horizontal lines are typical of the indigenous prairie style popular at the time of its design.

In 1922, the home was converted from a single-family dwelling to six apartments. Finally, coinciding with the start of Historical Preservation, Inc., the structure was returned to its original use as a single-family residence, with several different owners contributing to its restoration.

Nancy and David May bought the home in 1998 and began an extensive remodeling and restoration, chronicling the changes in a picture album. They compiled a collection of pictures of the home as well as newspaper clippings, which showed the house at different times tracing the history of the house.

The entry door opens to a hall with the main stairway to the upper floor. Across the front the living room contains large windows looking out to the deep porch. A corner fireplace is located between the west windows in a wide opening to the formal dining room. The dining room windows also look to the west porch in the backyard. The new kitchen was created from several smaller rooms. The ceiling of the large kitchen is reclaimed bead board from the ceiling of a porch down the street. The painted ceiling contrasts with the three brushed metal hanging lights, which came from the field house at The University of Oklahoma. The Mays installed state-of-the-art stainless appliances and granite. They also chose slate flooring to compliment the ceiling and contrast the appliances. The long room has space for an informal eating area with access to the backyard. Upstairs there are spacious bedrooms and three bathrooms, featuring some of the original features. The Verde marble master bath has a whirlpool tub and a frameless glass shower.

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