Norman, Oklahoma Historical Shelter Home To City History

It’s a home that’s seen a lot of Norman, Oklahoma, history, and after painstaking renovation, it’s going to make some Sooner fan a great potential second home, since it’s a quick walk from campus and all the game-day fun.

L.J. Edwards was one of the original homesteaders, arriving when it was still Norman Station in June 1890, a year after the Land Run of 1889 brought settlers to the town. Four years later, he built a beautiful Victorian home for his family and his first wife, Mary. Edwards served as the president of the chamber of commerce, president of the Norman school board, and chairman of the park board.

He was also responsible for selecting the slogan of the town — “The University City.”

In the years that followed, the home at 204 S. University Blvd., became the place where things happened — including a meeting that ushered in the beginning of the University of Oklahoma.

“Original tile surrounds the fireplace in the front room where the OU Board of Regents met in 1890,” listing agent Debbie Bugg of Metro Brokers Of Oklahoma said.

In fact, when local businessman Brent Swift began remodeling the home in 2006, he found a treasure trove of letters and historical documents that shed light not only on the history of the home, but the history of the town, too.

“This 1894 Victorian masterpiece exceeds expectations,” Bugg enthused. “Thoughtfully restored by Brent Swift, the property presents historic grandeur with modern amenities, original woodwork, and multiple living areas.”

Downstairs, the three-bedroom, two full and one-half bath home has a spacious master suite with a gorgeous bath.

A huge kitchen gives plenty of space for family dinners, and overlooks a charming breakfast nook.

“Upstairs are two additional bedrooms and upscale bathroom,” Bugg said.

In addition, there is ample potential for income (can you say game-day short-term rental?) with an 800-square-foot carriage house in the back.

“The home and carriage house were recently painted with 20-25 year super paint, in a shade chosen by the director of the State Historical society, in a color to match one of the original stained glass windows,” Bugg said, adding that the home is also eligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

The home is listed for $695,000.