This Craftsman-style home built in 1921 features a hipped roof and distinctive square support columns resting upon the porch balustrade.
The home was occupied by several different oil operator families, including W.R. Duke and E.S. Carey. In 1937 Dr. Luther D. Parnell, a surgeon, bought the home. Interesting stories from his residency abound, including tales of an iron lung kept on the third floor. After his death, Jerry Crain, a rancher, bought the home in 1964. His widow, Ethel, died in 1991 when fire struck the home.
Reagan and Cindy Cotton have owned the home since 1993 and have done much restoration. Last year their home was a recipient of a Wichita County Heritage Society Preservation Award. They re-paneled the study in raised panel oak and replaced the oak staircase which had been destroyed in the fire. Cindy says that her favorite features of the home are the columns on the front porch and the arches throughout the home. The remaining original gumwood windows cannot be replicated. (Originally printed by the Wichita County Heritage Society in their Provenance Historic Homes Tour & Lunch in the Park pamphlet.)Tags: 1508 Tilden, Wichita County Heritage Society
This post was written by Christine Heidebrecht