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La Quinta Foster Mansion

2201 Silverlake Road

The Foster Mansion was designed in 1930 by noted Kansas City architect Edward Buehler Delk. H.V. Foster, once known as the wealthiest man west of the Mississippi, located his new home on 152 acres, three miles from the center of town. The 32-room, Spanish style mansion has 14 bathrooms and seven fireplaces. Construction was completed in 1932 and it served as the family home until Mr. Foster's death in 1939. After that time, La Quinta served, consecutively, as the home of a military school, Central Christian College and Central Pilgrim College. The Wesleyan Church now owns and operates Oklahoma Wesleyan University, an accredited, four-year liberal arts college. La Quinta is the focal point of the campus and serves as the library and administration facilities for the school. La Quinta is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 32-room Spanish style mansion designed by American born, Dutch architect Edward Buehler Delk for oilman H.V. Foster is truly an architectural treasure in Bartlesville. Hand painted ceilings with octagonal and circular plaster molding encloses painted canvas designs by Italian artist, Sr. Guieleimo and can be seen in three of the mansions main rooms. Above the curved central stairway is a stained/painted glass window designed and executed by D’Ascenzo Studios of Philadelphia. The den or recreational room has a fireplace surrounded by beautiful mosaic tiles, which tell the story of the legendary Don Quixote. A four-story tower provides a picturesque view of the surrounding countryside and the beautiful courtyards below, teeming with seasonal flowers. A fountain made of cantera stone taken from an old seabed in northern Mexico is the main focus for the rose garden in the central courtyard. Centrally located on the Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s campus, La Quinta, which means “Country Home” in Spanish, is a beautiful asset to the Bartlesville community both for its rich historical value and for the visitors it attracts.

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Image of La Quinta Foster Mansion.
Location:
La Quinta Foster Mansion
2201 Silverlake Road,
Bartlesville, OK 74006
Phone: 918-335-6234
Website: http://www.okwu.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Call ahead to set up a guided tour
Self guided tours available during regular hours.
Closed for chapel Wednesday and Friday, 10 am - 11:15
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays