Repair work underway at Marland’s Grand Home

Ponca City Now - June 12, 2019 4:22 pm

In order to stop water infiltration into the basement of the Grand Home, soil against the walls is being removed to install a drainage system.

Mid Continental Restoration, Inc., is in the midst of restoration work at Marland’s Grand Home, 1000 East Grand Avenue.

The scope of this work is to stop water infiltration into the lower level walls, where the indoor swimming pool is located, beneath the east terrace.

Ponca City commissioners unanimously approved a $191,196 contract for repairs and refurbishment of the Grand Home’s east terrace.

The Grand Home is the first home of E.W. Marland in Ponca City. It was designed by Solomon Layton, and constructed from 1914 to 1916 . Layton was a noted architect of the early 20th century. He also designed the Oklahoma State Capitol and other historic builidings.

The Marlands moved into the 22-room mansion in December of 1916 and lived there until 1928.

Though still impressive and an important Ponca City tourist attraction, the Grand Home is beginning to show its age.

“Major problems in the stone cap around the east terrace have really accelerated in the past year.” stated David Keathly, Marland Estate and Grand Home Director.

Fifteen contractors were invited to submit bids. Only two bids were received in April. Mid Continental Restoration, Inc., submitted the winning bid.

Friends of Marland’s Grand Home donated $70,000 to this phase of the project. The work began May 14,
and should end in July 2019.

Work on the restoration project includes removing, breaking up and disposing of concrete slabs around the exterior of the east terrace so a drainage system can be installed.

 

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