Just past the edge of downtown Tulsa and the historic Cain’s Ballroom, a special home sits on a double lot in The Heights neighborhood.
This home, built in 1914, sits near the intersection of West Marshall Street and North Cheyenne Avenue. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house, spanning nearly 3,000 square feet, is recognized as part of the National Register of Historic Places, but it’s much more than just a landmark: It’s a fully revitalized family home.
Dave and Heather Kobel bought then-103-year-old estate in 2017 and have made efforts to restore the home to its former glory. On Sunday, Feb. 26, design and construction enthusiasts will have a chance to walk through the home and see those endeavors firsthand. The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture will host a tour of this historic house as part of its Distinctive Dwellings series.
“When people come into our home, I hope they see love and warmth,” Heather Kobel said.
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The Kobel family wasn’t always set on living in The Heights neighborhood. The couple lived in a 1930s cottage near Swan Lake and weren’t intent on moving to another historic home. When they toured 1151 N. Cheyenne Ave., however, they felt especially drawn to it, they said.
“We were going to buy something a little newer that didn’t need as much work,” Dave Kobel said. “We were looking at homes up on Reservoir Hill, and we saw they were having a tour of homes in The Heights. We saw that this home was for sale, and we came and did a tour — Heather was the one who first jumped on it.”
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