Ponca City Art Center – Soldani Mansion

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  • The stately Soldani Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a work of art in itself, is home to the Ponca City Art Center and its many activities. These include artists’ exhibits, art classes, workshops and the annual Fine Arts Festival.

    Anthony Godance Soldani built his dream home at a cost of $92,000 in 1925. George J. Canon was the architect and the house was built by O.F. Keck. The house was designed in the prairie style (with Spanish Colonial Revival Accents) The house is a two story sprawling rectangle with a green tile hipped roof. (the green glazed roof tile was imported from France) The roof has exposed rafter tails. The walls are clad in brick with a stone watertable and porch supports. The Interior woodwork came from walnut trees on Soldani’s Osage County Ranch and was specially milled in Kansas City. Other features include tiled fireplaces from England and imported tile floors in the basement. One charming aspect of the house in the “courting room” tucked under the gracious staircase. In its heyday, the Soldani house was a gathering place for the young people of Ponca City. Anthony Soldani died in 1956 and his wife passed away three years later. In 1966, the Ponca City Art Association purchased the home. Listed in the National Register June 25, 1982.

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