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Friends of Marland's Grand Home wish to welcome you to 1000 East Grand Avenue in Ponca City, Oklahoma. As you visit the 1916 home of Ernest W. Marland (later to become the 10th governor of the state), FMGH has every hope of making you feel just as welcome as those first ladies and gents who visited the 22 room home during the "Roaring 20s" and enjoyed the hospitality of E.W., his wife, Mary Virginia, and their adopted children, George and Lydie.

E.W. Marland came from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma after he lost a fortune in the panic of 1907. He came in search of oil - and he found it - thus creating a financial empire which contributed to the creation of this estate.

Before entering the home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, notice the Italian Renaissance Revival style 16,500 square foot home  and its exterior design. The original grounds and home covered 640,000 square feet. You will notice stucco walls rising from a concrete foundation which are sheltered by a hipped-roof covered with polychrome red clay tiles. The front facade is dominated by a full-length veranda on the east.

Pairs of Tuscan columns with true enstasis support the porch roof. The original front steps featured terrazzo. Arched windows, bracket eaves, and ornamental urns provide more architectural significance to the facade. This elegant structure was designed by architect Solomon Layton.

Within the home, Arts and Crafts interior woodwork and fixtures are evident. Visitors standing near one of the east windows of second floor could see all the way to 14th Street. A magnificent formal garden, designed by Marland's Japanese gardener, Henry Hatashita, contained many avenues bordered by evergreen hedges and hinted of the Gardens of Versailles. To the north, Marland created a fully landscaped golf course to be used by the public. A carriage house, designed in the same style as the home,is set  on the western edge of the property and served both as garage parking and as living quarters for the chauffeur.

As you view this website, take notice of the beautiful green with gold stenciling used for a background. This is the original pattern and colors found behind the large painting in the library.



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