An Original OKC Suburb, Putnam Heights

Putnam Heights

One of our original suburbs, Putnam Heights HP, is one of the smallest and oldest Historic Preservation (HP) districts in Oklahoma City. It’s just four miles from downtown and runs along either side of 36th from Georgia/McKinley almost to Classen and midway between NW 34th and 35th to midway between NW 38th and 39th.

The home of Isreal Putnam and Putnam Heights were named Oklahoma City Historical Places in 1975
The home of Isreal Putnam and Putnam Heights were named Oklahoma City Historical Places in 1975

It all began with an interesting story. The land was originally granted by President McKinley to be the site of the Oklahoma Military Institute. That was until 1909 when the school burned to the ground. The school relocated to Claremore (now Rogers State University) and in 1910 the land was platted for residential development. That’s when Isreal Putnam began developing the neighborhood. You see, he was a member of Oklahoma’s first Legislature and involved in the resolution to move the Capitol from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. He had hoped it would move to an area northwest of Oklahoma City (close to where Bethany is today). He saw this as an opportunity to attract state leaders to his new development that we now call Putnam Heights. Over the years many leaders in business, journalism, and politics called Putman Heights home. Interestingly, the house at 3615 N. McKinley was the Governor’s Mansion during JBA Robertson’s term.

Home of Isreal Putman
Home of Isreal Putman

Centrally located and near popular entertainment districts like Western Avenue and The Asian District, Putnam Heights remains a popular place to live in Oklahoma City today. It seems once people move into the neighborhood, they stay awhile. Only four homes in the historic neighborhood have sold in the past year and the average sold price was $108/SF. A typical Putnam Heights HP home has two levels, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms, with around 2600 square feet of living space. Many have been renovated. Pro tip, when renovating propertied in an HP District, special permitting applies.

Homes in Putnam Heights don’t come on the market very often. If you would like to receive an email when they do, just complete the form below and include PUTNAM HEIGHTS in the comment section along with anything specific you’re looking for in a historic home;

Sources for this post:

  • Oklahoma County Tax Assessor
  • Oklahoma Historical Society


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