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    Does anyone remember the old Baptist Children's Home at NW 63rd & Penn, on the site of what is now the Waterford? I know there is a plaque on the property that mentions it. My grandparents used to live just south of there and I have memories of driving by the home when we went to see them. I've looked several times over the years for pictures of the home but have never been able to find any. Does anyone have suggestions on where I might find any online?

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    This is an aerial from 1969:


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    Here are a few images:








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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    This is an aerial from 1969:

    Pete, your killing me with your aerial shots. Can't wait to see them all. :-}

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    Ah, memories. I used to have friends in the area and drove by the place several times a week.

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    Yep. I worked on a building addition there, in the late seventies I think.

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    At the time, the sale of the property was the most expensive real estate sale in the history of OKC and I believe in the state as well. Couldn't have gone to a better cause.
    C. T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctchandler View Post
    At the time, the sale of the property was the most expensive real estate sale in the history of OKC and I believe in the state as well. Couldn't have gone to a better cause.
    C. T.
    Interesting that you bring this up because even in inflation-adjusted dollars, Chesapeake is paying about 50% more on average for every parcel it buys, including all that lousy industrial land north of 63rd.

    I was looking for some sort of comparable for CHK's purchases and this was the closest thing I could find, which was still significantly less per acre for a much more premium and contiguous parcel.

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    Pete,
    It seems to me that the area sold for about fifteen million. That seems like peanuts now but at the time, it was a fairly large amount. When I get a chance, I will look it up on the Oklahoman archives.
    C. T.

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    C.T., it was $12 million for 40 acres.

    That's $300,000 per acre which equates to about a million per in today's dollars.

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    I don't have any pictures but I can say I lived there in the "Scott cottage" "Lucas cottage" and one other I can not remember the name. It was a great experience for me. I miss this place. I do remember the buildings being good size. The scott cottage if my memory serves me correctly was the first on the left. This was one of the cottages were everyone came to get a hair cut in the basement. I swear that basement was haunted. Mrs Powers was my "house mother" at the time. Great memories.

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    One of my best friends was the son of the Superintendent living on the property. I would love to locate him, again. He appears to have fallen off the earth.

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    Just came across this old photo... This is looking southwest; Penn is in the upper right corner:


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    is this the same organization that now operates around sw 164th & western? -M

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmm View Post
    is this the same organization that now operates around sw 164th & western? -M
    Appears so. See post #3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boscorama
    Appears so. See post #3.
    arghh... yep, there it was, right on the sign. -M

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee1546 View Post
    I don't have any pictures but I can say I lived there in the "Scott cottage" "Lucas cottage" and one other I can not remember the name. It was a great experience for me. I miss this place. I do remember the buildings being good size. The scott cottage if my memory serves me correctly was the first on the left. This was one of the cottages were everyone came to get a hair cut in the basement. I swear that basement was haunted. Mrs Powers was my "house mother" at the time. Great memories.
    To my recollection hair cuts were given in the basement of the Hodge Cottage . What years were you out there ? There is a OBHC Llumni page on Facebook .

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    The Baptist Children's Home was build in 1903 in the 63rd & Penn location. The propery was sold to Charles Givens for 12 Million dollars and they still operate on the interest today . The new campus is in Moore .

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    Would that be Bob Browning ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Fuller View Post
    The Baptist Children's Home was build in 1903 in the 63rd & Penn location. The propery was sold to Charles Givens for 12 Million dollars and they still operate on the interest today . The new campus is in Moore .
    Actually the current location is in Oklahoma City but not far from Moore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljbab728 View Post
    Actually the current location is in Oklahoma City but not far from Moore.
    Yeppers, NW corner of S Western & SW 164th.

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