August 2, 2016 - Marland Mansion
This is a view of the rear of Marland Mansion in Ponca City, Oklahoma. In my opinion, the rear is much more impressive than the front view, which will be tomorrow’s daily post.
The Marland Mansion is a 43,561 square feet (4,046.9 m2) Mediterranean Revival-style mansion located in Ponca City, Oklahoma. It contains a total of 55 rooms, including 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and 3 kitchens.
It was built by oil baron, politician, lawyer and philanthropist Ernest Whitworth (E.W.) Marland, (1874 - 1941) as a display of wealth at the peak of the 1920s oil boom, and is one of the largest residences in the southwestern United States, known as the "Palace on the Prairie." The mansion was constructed over a 3-year period (1925 – 1928), and heavily influenced by the Palazzo Davanzati in Florence, Italy which Marland had visited during his travels to Europe.
In 1908, Marland came to Oklahoma with not much more than belief in himself and a letter of credit and it took 3 years to achieve his first successful oil well in 1911. By 1922, E.W. Marland controlled one tenth of the world’s oil reserves, and more than a third of the city’s population (Ponca City, Oklahoma) were employed by Marland Oil Company. Marland was an employer who was ahead of his time, particularly with employee benefits. He pioneered such concepts as employer paid insurance, paid eye care and dental bills, and even built over 400 homes for his employees.
E. W. Marland made & lost fortunes in the oil business in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. He was also a politician who served terms as a U.S. Congressman and as Oklahoma’s 10th governor in 1934.
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