Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Oven Park House

 
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The classic manor style main house in Oven Park features wooden floors, magnolia paneling, antique furniture and artwork. This 6 acre park is located on property which was known as the Camellia Nursery in the 1930's and owned by Breckenridge Gamble and his adopted sons, Ritchie and Bill Rosa. The home was constructed in 1936. After his death, Bill Rosa's widow, Dorothy B. later married Mr. William J. Oven, Jr. After she died, Mr. Oven carried out his wife's wishes and in 1985, the property was donated to the City of Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation, Inc., to be used as a city park.
As I predicted, Tropical Storm Claudette was mainly just a rain event. A few people lost power, but not me, so I was fine. In fact, if I hadn't been watching TV or surfing the internet, I would have thought we were just having our usual summer storms. Hopefully the rest of this hurricane season will be just as uneventful (knock on wood)!

16 comments:

Bonnie Bonsai said...

In Australia, they say, "touch wood". Good to hear that you were fine during that stormy rain event. 'Stuff could be worse'...

The manor house is really great. Hope the City of Tallahassee are enjoying the benefit of that beautiful place in their middle.

I could live in that house Lois!

Thanks for the birthday greetings.

Darla said...

We are knocking on wood this way Lois. My cousin got married here years ago....

Cezar and Léia said...

This façade is very impressive and I'm in love with this green grass!
Beautiful!
BTW, many thanks for your information about the storm,glad to know everything is okay there!
Take care dear Lois!
Léia

B SQUARED said...

I hope the same holds true for us, as well. Lovely place.

hadv said...

The heat here is terrible as well, much worse today. That house would be perfect here. Lots of open windows.. Our humidex today was 109F :-|

Thanks for the welcome!

Halcyon said...

I'm glad Claudette fizzled out. This is a lovely manor. I guess we have a theme going on today!

Frank said...

We sure have done a lot of "wood knocking" over the past few years. As we escaped the storms since '05 we shouldn't be too complacent, right? I was shocked to see Claudette even appear right near the mouth of Tampa Bay. Where DID it come from. Stay safe.

James said...

I'm glad to hear that all is well. I also like this historic house.

Tricia said...

Wonderful park & scene!

I hope for everyone's sakes, that this hurricane season is as uneventful, too! I remember when Hurricane Ike blew through here last year (as a tropical storm by the time it reached this far inland) & the winds were HORRIBLE! Scared me to death - The neighbor's tree fell on my fence & damaged my mailbox! WOW!

Bergson said...

We also hope that storm does not victim

Don and Krise said...

A beautiful house and property. I hope it's around for a long time for people to enjoy.
To all who live in the path of Claudette: our best wishes and stay safe.

Jacob said...

Love that house...it appears one can get inside and wander about?

Glad you had no really bad weather...we missed it all! Thank goodness!

The trouble is, it ain't over yet!

TheRandomTraveler said...

That is an interesting house...

I would have guessed that oven park would get hot, judging by the name...never would have guessed that to be someones name...

Perhaps there would be some humor if William Oven was a chef, or cook of some sort...hah...

I am also glad about the weather system...it only rained here briefly..the storm had already died down by the time it reached Alabama...

Hilda said...

The house is situated in such gorgeous parkland! Bless Mr and Mrs Oven for the wonderful donation. Does that mean the house is open to the public too?

I'm glad the storm wasn't worse than it could have been.

Ayie said...

Manor houses always have that elegant look, having it surrounded with trees and all greens makes it more appeling.

Lisa Wilson said...

I was glad to hear Claudette only brought rain! That is a lovely huge home!