I really didn’t want to make her stay late so I did a whiz of a tour, snapping photos like mad, mostly bad ones unfortunately.
|These elegant banisters weave their way up three flights.|
I definitely want to go back and see it again on our next visit.
|Marland imported red foxes to promote hunting.|
The second wife, Lydie Roberts Marland, was a bit mysterious as well, if I recall correctly from our visit a few years ago when we toured the BIG Marland Mansion. I don't think she had a very easy life at all.
The bigger place is called Palace of the Prairie, and we walked around it for about four hours, the day before we were to run a marathon; absolutely not a smart thing to do. That’s the worst run I’ve ever had in my whole life and I have only myself to blame.
|The 1920s sun parlor.|
I actually like this older, smaller house much better. Who needs 55 rooms?
The dining room is paneled in dark walnut wainscoting and embellished with silver and mirrored wall scones. The furniture is from the
Parisfamily era, who owned this house in later years. The elegant chandelier is Waterford Crystal from Irelandand the walls are hand-painted by artist, George Lasarsky.
Marland's life sounds like a financial roller coaster, making oil fortunes in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma and then losing each.
Mary Virginia (Collins) Marland was born in 1876 in
She married E. W. Marland there in 1903. A noted social and charity leader in Philadelphia, Pa. Ponca City, much of her work benefited the Salvation Army and the PC Hospital. She was also interested in the humane treatment of animals and she was noted for her hospitality. At her death, three cars were required to accommodate all the flowers to go to her gravesite. All stores and even banks in town closed for two hours out of respect for Mrs. Marland.
Linen Cedar Closet – Designed to hold linens and some clothing for the M family, guests and housekeepers. Original hand-painted labels on edges of cedar shelves, each shelf designated for a particular person or location in the house.
|Not that striking except for the sheer size and light.|
In fishing around for information about Marland and Lydie I discovered that there was a movie project being considered with Jennifer Lawrence, called "Ends of the Earth". Sadly, the deal may have fallen through when she won her Oscar.
I can't tell if that's going to happen or not, but I'd definitely go see it!
I might even pay full price at the theatre, but I don't promise. Better spent, I gave that amount making a donation to this wonderful place.