The OKC Orchestra League presents the 2019 Symphony Show House
When Sunbeam Family Services began to make plans for an office move, they knew they didn’t want to sell their historic headquarters to just anyone. “We couldn’t imagine our beautiful old building being torn down and we felt we owed it to the neighborhood we called home for so long to honor the character and spirit of the area,” says Jim Priest, CEO. “Everyone said, ‘Call Marva Ellard. She’ll make sure it’s done right.’”
Dates and Times
June 8-16, 2019.
11am - 7pm daily.
Ticket and parking details will be announced at a later date.
To advertise, volunteer, sponsor, reserve an evening or for more information, contact the League at (405) 601-4245, OKC Phil at (405) 232-7575, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spearheading MidTown Builders, Marva specializes in breathing new life into historic properties. Having transformed the vacant 1920’s era Sieber Hotel into residential units, Marva could see the next life for the 13,000 square foot Sunbeam property—as 13 apartments. Near Wilson Elementary in the historic
Mesta Park neighborhood, the clever use of space, marriage of old-and-new materials and common area with a kitchen promises to be popular with tenants looking for something out of the ordinary. In addition to having a nice place to live, Marva Ellard and her partner on the project, Larry LeBarre, think people need to know about their history. “If these buildings don’t exist, you can’t share the history of OKC by driving by an empty lot or a new building and saying, ‘this is where this important part of our past used to be.’ These buildings are vital to the social fabric of our city. Keeping them matters.” “The blend of the modern and the historic— the blank canvas of new construction and the character of a grand manor—is the perfect opportunity for the Symphony Show House to try some new concepts,” says Symphony Show House Design Chair Jo Meacham of Urban Kitchens. “This year, we will be transitioning the way the Show House works—giving the selected interior designers a stronger role, a bit more creative freedom and participation in the operations of the project.” Rita Dearmon, Chair of the 2019 Symphony Show House says the venue also offers a return to an old favorite— Show House evenings. “The kitchen and the common areas allow groups to host events at the Symphony Show House, just like in the old days.” There are evenings dedicated to Symphony Show House patrons, the OKC Philharmonic and the neighborhood, but the rest are available. “If you want to host an evening event for your business, church or civic club, now is the time to reserve the date.” The property will be open for public tours from May 11-18, 2019. Hours, ticket and parking details will be announced at a later date.
According to Wendi Wilson, President of the OKC Orchestra League, the timing of this opportunity could not have been better. “As we wrap up the exciting first season of the OKC Phil’s new music director Alexander Mickelthwate, this iconic property will open its doors to the public for the first time as a new concept. I don’t think people will want to miss this one—we’ve never had a Symphony Show House that has offered the chance to see 13 complete residences at once. The League is delighted to celebrate one more part of the cultural revival of Oklahoma City through this year's Symphony Show House." More than just a home tour, the Symphony Show House has served as vital source of charitable
fundraising for the OKC Philharmonic and music education programs for the last 46 years. Businesses, organizations and individuals can reach both marketing and philanthropic goals through a variety of opportunities.
On the Oklahoma City Orchestra League
Opening the doors to architectural gems and prestigious addresses for more than 40 years, the Oklahoma City Orchestra League's Symphony Show House is widely considered Oklahoma's premier annual show house event.
Whether starting with the blank canvas of a new home or the character of a historic manor, the region's top designers transform homes into the unexpected. Top talents bring you beautiful spaces filled with hundreds of remarkable and unique items -- and almost everything is on sale. Gorgeous furniture, elegant textiles, stunning ornaments and decor of every style around every corner at the Symphony Show House.
More than just a home tour, Symphony Show House is a vital source of charitable fundraising. Since its founding in 1948, the Orchestra League has contributed almost $5 million to the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and brought the joy of music to around 2 million children and adults through its education programs.