Blair Mansion Top Home

The George Kaiser Family Foundation’s purchase in 2008 of the B.B. Blair House, 2800 S. Boston Ave., ends Mayor Kathy Taylor’s reign of having the most expensive home in Tulsa.
Taylor, with her husband William Lobeck Jr., had the most expensive home for the past three years, since the Tulsa Business Journal began tracking records in 2006. Mayor Taylor declined to comment.
Figures are based on Tulsa County Assessor’s Office records.
The Kaiser Foundation purchased the property, which consists of 33.32 acres and a 5,554-SF house for $21.7 million on April 4, 2008. The sale breaks down as $21 million for the acreage and $720,000 for the house, which is a private residence.
The purchase was an investment, said Jeff Stava, COO of the Tulsa Community Foundation.
“We have no plans for it,” Stava said. “We have different holdings and this is one of them. We did not want it to go anywhere else.”
The famous Tulsa property fronts Zink Lake in the Arkansas River at Riverside Drive. The property is valued at more than two-and-a-half times the value of the Taylor-Lobeck home, which was appraised at $8.1 million in 2008, according to county records. The Blair property’s assessed value is based on the purchase price, whereas the Mayor’s home was constructed.
Blair purchased the site of the Blair Mansion in 1939, which is on the south end of the Riverside Historic District, according to long-time Tulsa architect and residential historian John Brooks Walton, in his book 100 Famous Homes in Tulsa.
The prime real estate, the largest single piece of property in Midtown, was a working farm well into the 1960s. Construction on the mansion began in 1959. John Duncan Forsyth designed the mansion to duplicate Jefferson Davis’s home in Biloxi, Miss. It has an open colonnaded porch the full width of the front of the home.
Tulsa’s famous homes are anything but ordinary. The top 50 homes, worth a total of more than $166 million, are owned by the most well-known Tulsans.
A glimpse at one of the “average” homes, skewed by the Blair Mansion purchase, would reveal a $3.3 million home with 10,000 SF of space. Remove the Blair House and that average drops to $2.9 million.
Three-fourths of the home have been built since the mid-1990s and nearly 60 percent have been constructed since 2000.
The least expensive homes, appraised at $2,175,000, are owned by Penny Loyd, 2602 E. 28th St. and Karen and Demetrie Carone, 6709 E. 109th Place.
The Taylor/Lobeck home, 2811 S. Columbia Place, appraised for $8.16 million. The home, built in 2001, remains the largest in Tulsa with 18,600 SF.
Next is the home Robert Lorton III, 1396 E. 27th Place, which appraised at $6.8 million. It contains 17,257 SF, including a 9,077-SF ground floor, a 7,229-SF second floor and a 951-SF basement. The mansion was constructed in 2001 and sits on 101,930-SF lot across from the Philbrook Museum.
The Peggy Stephenson Trust owns the fourth most expensive home, 2225 E. 30th St., at $5 million. Charles Stephenson, co-founder of Vintage Petroleum, sold the company to Occidental Petroleum in 2006 for $3.8 billion. Stephenson built a 10,674-SF house on a 34,125-SF lot.
Roxana Lorton, wife of Robert Lorton, chairman and head of the Tulsa World Publishing Co., is listed as the owner of the fifth most expensive home, 1841 E. 27th St., at $4.7 million.
Ranked the sixth most valuable home at $4.4 million, 4011 S. Yorktown Place belongs to Charles Schusterman. The seventh most valuable home, 1357 E. 27th Place, at $3.9 million, belongs to Jack Neely. Amy Gordon owns the eight most valuable home at 10726 S. Lakewood Ave. It is appraised at $3.7 million.
Julie and John Nickel’s $3.6 million home at 2216 E. 30th St. ranks as the ninth most valuable home in Tulsa. The home was built 77 years ago by oil baron Foster Parriott and was donated to the Benedictine Sisters of Guthrie in 1955 for use as a convent. The sisters used the location until the mid-1960s before moving to their current location. The of EasyTel Communications Inc. President Tim Kloehr’s home, 8654 S. Norwood Ave., is the 10th most valuable at $3.3 million.
Another notable home belongs to the Thomas Kivisto Trust. Kivisto, until late last year, headed SemGroup LP. The privately run oil and gas pipeline and storage company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy last July.
Kivisto’s home, at 11425 S. Louisville Place, is appraised at $2.45 million.

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