Frank Phillips Home The History Continues

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Following almost two years of discussions and legal processes, today the Oklahoma Historical Society conveyed to the Frank Phillips Foundation the deed that finalizes the transfer of the Home and grounds. Dr. Bob Blackburn of the Oklahoma Historical Society along with acting City Manager Mike Bailey joined Frank Phillips Foundation Chairman Robert Kane and CEO Bob Fraser for the formal ceremony in the library of the Home.

According to Blackburn, “this process exceeded our expectations. Due to nine consecutive years of budget cuts, the OHS has been forced to make changes in our operations and reduce the number of historic properties under our management. The opportunity for us to work with the City of Bartlesville and ultimately convey this wonderful home to the Frank Phillips Foundation was perfect. Bartlesville has always been a special community and I was not surprised when they stepped up to not only protect this important piece of history, but they have raised the funds to make sure that it is viable for generations to come.”

Chairman Kane stated, “it was a perfect fit for us, a true mission match and we were glad that we were able to help. It was very encouraging to our board the overwhelming support of the Bartlesville community and from the Phillips family. Everyone was encouraged by the prospect of bringing Woolaroc and the Frank Phillips Home back under one entity for the first time in 68 years and it was satisfying to see how well the State worked with the City of Bartlesville and with our Foundation in order to make this happen. City Manager Ed Gordon and Acting City Manager Mike Bailey along with their staffs helped speed up this entire process and were very helpful in making this a reality.”

The home was built in 1909 by Frank and Jane Phillips and added on to in 1930. Built in gorgeous Greek Revival style, it has four levels, 26 rooms, servants’ quarters, potting shed, gardeners’ cottage and beautiful grounds.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to own and operate the Frank Phillips Home” said Bob Fraser, CEO of the Frank Phillips Foundation. “The home has been beautifully maintained and we look forward to preserving and promoting it for generations to come. Our plans call for a complete exterior paint that will include repairs to some damaged areas, adding additional parking, renovating the Gardener’s Cottage, returning the greenhouse to a true working greenhouse again. We anticipate weddings on the grounds, concerts, luncheons and artists on the grounds…….we want this grand home to come alive again and be an important part of the fiber of our community.”

The Frank Phillips Home is open Wednesday through Saturday. Located at 1107 S. Cherokee, you are encouraged to call 918-336-2491 to schedule a tour and to find additional information.

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