c. 1930 – Lawton, OK

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1 NW Fort Sill Blvd, Lawton, OK 73507

  • $150,000
  • Sold for $125,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • 4500 Sq Ft
Absolutely stunning! While this house needs quite a bit of work, it still has most all of its original details. This is a charming example of the English Manor House and is waiting for the right ambitious rehabber to come along and fix it up. Constructed of tile, brick and stucco, factory built windows and custom built outside doors, this fifteen room, four bath house is a Lawton icon to say the least. Located at the northeast corner of Fort Sill Blvd and Gore this home boasts tons of appeal and dominates the area with its grandiose presence. The large hospitable living and dining room is arranged for gracious entertaining or family enjoyment. The fireplace is of imported Italian marble and three of the bathrooms have in colored hand laid tile six feet in height. There is an all year glassed in porch on the first floor that provides a summer breakfast room and an open porch on the second floor entering off the upstairs sitting room. Over the double car garage is a sleeping quarters with full bathroom and plastered walls with extra large miscellaneous storage room. All walls throughout entire house have artist canvas stretched over plaster that is attached to heavy metal lath. Designers and engineers for this residence were Mr. Harry O Renolds of Oklahoma City Architectural Firm and built in 1910 by Mr W.E. Nelson, construction engineer and and contractor. With some landscaping and rehabilitation this residence is ideal for family living with enough ample outdoor space to add a tennis court, swimming pool, or any other outdoor facility you can imagine. Any rehabber up to the task will know that every inch of this old house is deserving of love. Anyone can see that the quality of this home will remain long after the price is forgotten. For additional information please contact Nelson Marrero with ReMax professionals located at 1701 NW Cache Road.
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Nelson Marrero, RE/MAX,
(580) 353-7496

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51 Comments on c. 1930 – Lawton, OK

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11871 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Was about to pass on posting this but when I saw the bathroom, decided to have a closer look. I realized there were some nice details on the exterior and how fabulous it could be once restored. I know it was built in 1910 but am getting a late 1930’s vibe and would decorate it as such. I’m a little worried, due to the location and condition that it might be torn down for something commercial.

    I do not know when the old photos were taken.

    • RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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      1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
      Emporia, KS

      Kelly, I agree. Looking at the images I just assumed I was looking at a 1930s house.

      The house though obviously had a ton of money put into it in the 1950s, and has not been much touched since.

      Totally fabulous house. I really love it. Would not take much (relatively speaking) to make it a knock-out.

    • Ross says: 2411 comments

      While the side of the house faces a commercial area (across the street from a park), the house is at the edge of what appears to be a high-end neighborhood.

      I would have no issue with the location.

      • exLawtonian says: 1 comments

        The commercial area you speak of is a street called Gore. It’s one of the busy streets in Lawton. In daylight it looks fine, but at night a lot of teenagers use that street for drag racing. The neighborhood it is in is decent by Lawton standards, but is by no means “high end”. I myself used to live in that neighborhood. If you go past 8th st it gets very dangerous very quick. It’s within walking distance of Lawton High.

        • Yasmin Morrow says: 1 comments

          That’s the neighborhood called Old Town North, I used to live there too when I fir out of the service. Lots off neat & beautiful old homes there.

    • Suzy Salas says: 7 comments

      The house was built sometime between 1919 and 1925, not 1910. The “old” photos were taken in 1950.

  2. says: 71 comments

    Thank you for including the older photos – prior to seeing them, the section with the flat roof had me thinking maybe it’d been turned into some sort of school or something! Odd design, but intriguing!

  3. Tommy Quinn says: 442 comments

    That old Hammond organ might be worth serious bucks if it is a B-3…

  4. Kathy says: 3 comments

    The paint alone would be alot of money. Is there hardwood under all that carpet?

  5. Terrazzo Fan says: 1 comments

    Some of the exterior architecture is charming. Not sure about what appears to be a very large and very boxy addition. But, really, it is all about the bathroom tile. I can’t imagine that bathroom is original; looks 30s or early 40s to me.

  6. Sandra says: 302 comments

    What a strange house! But I really like it a lot. If I worked near there I would probably buy it. I think I would keep it austere looking instead of fully decorated.

  7. Qabbott says: 28 comments

    Almost looks institutional inside. I like the unusual exterior. Kind of hard to give it a style or type, though!

  8. Wendy says: 44 comments

    My guess is that this most recently served as some sort of group home. It looks like it would need a lot of work to fix up!

  9. Anne M.Anne M. says: 899 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    I got the institutional vibe as well. What a glorious mess!

  10. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1024 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    I’ll take it! I want their furniture, too!

  11. Rod Perry says: 70 comments

    Utterly fabulous house and architect designed specifically for a client with particular needs and requests. Would jump on it if it were anywhere near my area. Very stylish!

  12. WhenIWinTheLottery says: 61 comments

    It’s like stepping into a time warp. Has no one been in there since the 60’s?

    • Zombiemom says: 1 comments

      The house has been empty since 2005 (I remember going to the estate sale while pregnant)so it has been empty at least 11 years. I moved away from the are 6 months ago and these pictures are not what the house looked like at the time. I hope the realtor cleaned it up but given the area I highly doubt that. Last I saw it the house was overgrown and the majority of the windows in the sun room have been smashed

      • Suzy Salas says: 7 comments

        This house has NOT been empty all that time; and we NEVER had a yard sale or Estate sale there. You have your location confused.

  13. TimothyTimothy says: 141 comments

    The exterior really caught my eye. Very detailed and intriguing. What is the box like thing on the exterior wall (8th photo from the top)?

    The interior was something of a shock. BUT with patience and vision this home could really “pop” again.

  14. Sarah with an "h" says: 83 comments

    Cut those trees away that are growing at the foundation! They are going to wreak havoc!! And they hide the details on the exterior.

  15. Lindsay G says: 531 comments

    Wow what a creepy old place. The additions make the home look really weird too. I wonder what the house’s interior looked like back in its heyday.

    Anyone else notice the shower chair in the kitchen, serving as a seat for the desk?

    • JimHJimH says: 5101 comments
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      Lindsay G, the place gives me the willies too, at least from the photos. Maybe it was a nursing home recently, with the modern Sun Room.
      There’s probably not much demand for a big old place like this on a main street for a family home, but hopefully a use can be found for it that preserves its original form.

  16. Jeklstudio says: 1050 comments

    Thanks for deciding to post this one Kelly. A very cool old house. And a lot of house for the money. The work needed doesn’t look too serious and for southern OK it’s a different style–English – y and intriguing. Plus the old dear has survived many tornadoes don’t forget! Lawton was nearly wiped off the map back long ago… The 1950s I think.

  17. Nancy says: 171 comments

    It gave me a creepy vibe as well Lindsay. The kitchen looks like a lab. I loved looking at it, but don’t think I could live in it.

    • Ross says: 2411 comments

      The kitchen could be fabulous with just a little work.

      The cabinets appear to be high-end metal. I love metal cabinets.

      The main counter is a single piece of stainless steel, and with built-in sinks. No seams. Pretty fabulous. Really $$$$$, too.

      The dreadful ceiling would have to go.

      With the right floor, the right lighting, and the right color on the walls and ceiling, the kitchen would be great.

      • Jennifer HT says: 748 comments

        I completely agree, Ross. I LOVE the stainless counter (trained chef, so I like easy to clean and non porous) and the cabinets. I had wondered if they were metal. LOVE. Ceiling is an obvious redo. Carpets need to go, they look to have pet stains here and there. It does look to be stuck in time. I would have a landscaper come rip out any damaging trees too close to the house, and tackle the rest.

  18. Rachel Shoemaker says: 36 comments

    That date is about 20 years off. I checked the Sanborn Maps. Nothing until 1931 on sheet 20. The next year was 1923, nothing. I would say late 1920’s at the earliest.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11871 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks. Guess that’s why it doesn’t feel like a 1910 house!

      • Rachel Shoemaker says: 36 comments

        I just noticed that one bathroom sink, likely original, maybe even the toilet tank, but…. one way to date a house with original plumbing fixtures is to get the casting date off of the underside of them.

  19. SueSue says: 1111 comments
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    1802 Cape

    It is very institutional looking, I agree, but the bathrooms and the sink counter in the kitchen are amazing. This place could be very lovely – but wow the amount of work that is needed here. Houses that have been neglected for a long time always seem sad. However, I think the lot is fantastic and huge. I know it is a busy corner but that is what fences and great landscaping are for.
    I have no idea what OK prices are but is it a tad high for the amount of work needed?

  20. says: 71 comments

    Did anyone else notice this in the description?
    “All walls throughout entire house have artist canvas stretched over plaster that is attached to heavy metal lath.”

    I’m not entirely sure how much I believe that, if for no other reason than that there is clearly cracked plaster on the wall in the photo with the organ, but if it’s true, can you even imagine the decoration possibilities???

  21. ReginaKTReginaKT says: 50 comments

    That door! The one in picture 15 – the french door with the curved wood Muntons – beautiful! I have never seen anything like that.

  22. Nona says: 249 comments

    As mentioned, this house is creepy, but I also find it compelling. I’m not sure why. If you look closely in the last picture it looks like the box wing is a garage below with rooms above it.

  23. MLB says: 1 comments

    I see this house everyday, It’s so beautiful from the street. The house needs A lot of work probably over 100k. Likely needs a roof, flooring etc. The neighborhood has very beautiful homes BUT the area is has very high crime rates, rehabs and lower income based housing. This house sits on a very high traffic street and very loud. I’m not sure you would b able to build a high fence on that corner because the area is historic. I’m sure no family would want to put the amount of money it will take to restore this home due to the area. Next door there is a much smaller more run down home that is occupied. There is a gas station right across the street and what is known to be the “worst” high school in the city is just down the street. This house has been vacant for a very long time.

    • Anyone have any info on the following address/house ?? Have a few questions regarding the house @ 1 Fort Sill Boulevard – Lawton, OK. Thought if you are local perhaps you have input that would help. It is back on the market For Sale. Thanks.
      L Renfro

  24. John says: 1 comments

    The house is a landmark and is an Architectural gem. The St Charles 1950s kitchen could be retro chic. I wondered if the staircase was replaced in that 1950s era also. Hope someone with deep pockets purchases this home as it is worth saving and brought back to its previous splendor

    • Suzy Salas says: 7 comments

      The staircase is original. The kitchen was totally re-modeled in 1959; and the St. Charles cabinets and the one piece stainless steel sink/countertop were put in, among other stuff.

  25. pamibachpamibach says: 116 comments

    the kitchen looks huge! I love the Juliette balconies!

  26. John Horton says: 3 comments

    I have lived in Lawton OK since 1963 and this house has always fascinated me. It always struck me as a replica of “Collinwood” from the “Dark Shadows” TV and movie horror genre vampire franchise from the 1960s.

    Architecturally, this house should be described as of the “Second Empire Architecture” style (see Wikipedia) based on the rounded roof lines (i.e. “Mansard roof,” see Wikipedia).

    The flat roof part of the house would be servants quarters built above the car garage. The garage and its servants apartments would be built in a simpler style than the main part of the house and during the era of horse transportation, would have been built apart and at a significant distance behind the main house due to the smell of the horses digestion.

    I am not aware that this house was ever used as an institution as it never had any institutional signage in the 50 years that I have observed it.

    My guess is that the house passed to single, male heir(s) (the original owners sons and grandsons) in the 1940s – 1970s who turned the place into a minor junk yard as single men can be. I recall seeing numerous old Lincoln cars in the garage that appeared to never have been moved.

  27. Carrie Garcia (Barnes) says: 1 comments

    I wish I lived close enough to but this house. It’s amazing!! True it’s eerie, a bit creepy but could be beautiful. It would be fun to restore

  28. This house has FORECLOSED since last sold and is back on the market 5/18/2020 at $95,000. There is very little left to save. Just viewing the property is a real danger. No embellishments out of the ordinary were ever a part of the structure. The severe vandalism – large holes in the roof – water pouring in – rotten wood everywhere – termites – broken window glass – cracked sidewalks – original wiring – original plumbing leave little that would be salvageable for even the most aggressive Old House Lover / Restorer. Nature is attempting to reclaim the property. Unfortunately demolition appears to be the only alternative left.

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