, Muskogee, OK

December 5, 2013

Home tour’s first stop has Mediterranean style

— The home of Leo and Pamela Woodard, 6357 W. 23rd Street North, is in far northwestern Muskogee, following a drive of nearly a half-mile through double iron security gates, past a red barn and pipe-fenced horse pastures. It will set the perfect holiday tone as the first stop on the 21st annual Holiday Candlelight Tour.

The tour, a benefit for the Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Center, will be from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight. Advance tickets are $25; the price includes food and entertainment.

The other stops on the tour are the home of Jimmy and Leslie Newhouse, 117 S. 14th St.; and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, 401 S. Third St.

As the Woodards’ home comes into view, its large rotunda, distinctly changing pitches of the Tuscan clay tile roof and architectural enhancements, such as columns, arches, corbels, and an ivy-draped arbor, will delight the eye with their soft, gentle movement. Situated on a wooded ridge and providing a panoramic view of the Arkansas river valley, this Mediterranean villa-style home could have been transported from a northern Italian hillside.

The home is approached along a curving drive, through tall trees, and onto a large, concrete paver motor court surrounded by gardens, past a beautiful urn fountain, four steps up onto a travertine terrace, through an elegant arched entryway and 11-foot-tall double doors. Upon entry, one is immediately confronted with spacious living and dining areas, dominated by a beautiful 20-foot-high domed ceiling, five Ionic columns, graceful arches, terra cotta tile and hickory hardwood floors, with vertical cast stone cladded windows and doors providing a view of the pool and valley beyond.

With more than 6,600 square feet of indoor living space, the home has two living areas, five bedrooms and six indoor baths.

Outside, the breezy, rambling loggia includes a fireplace accessible from the master sitting room, several seating arrangements, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, cabana bath, spa, and bubble fountain pool, which cascades via stream bed into the custom designed pool. The pool was designed to match the curves and angles of the home’s architecture. The entire area is lavishly landscaped and lighted. The observation deck overlooks the pool, and offers excellent views of the surrounding area. The outside area contains approximately 3,000 square feet of living space under roof, and is surrounded by a fully functioning, 43-acre horse ranch.

If you go

WHAT: 21st annual Holiday Candlelight Tour.

WHEN: 7-10 p.m. tonight.

ON TOUR: Homes of Leo and Pamela Woodard, 6357 W. 23rd Street North; and Jimmy and Leslie Newhouse, 117 S. 14th St.; and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, 401 S. Third St.

ADVANCE TICKETS: $25, which includes food and entertainment, by calling Donna Taylor, (918) 683-6600.