PhilBrook on America's Castles
Scott Begin (sbegin@MCS.NET)
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 20:06:27 -0500
A&E TV is going to rerun it's episode of _America's_Castles_ that features
PhilBrook in Tulsa, OK, the winter home of Waite Phillips, benefactor of
Philmont Scout Ranch.
_America's_Castles_ is a program that shows some of the luxury houses
built in the US by various wealthy people. In most cases, there is
biographical information on the builders, insights to why different
things were built the way they were, and history of the social and other
activities on site. I've found the programs to be very interesting.
The episode is called "Gardens and Galleries" and focuses on homes that
have been turned into public places, notably art galleries, libraries, or
public gardens. The PhilBrook home of Waite Phillips in Tulsa, now an art
gallery, is among 3-4 homes featured in the 1 hour program. This was
originally run last November/December.
Here is the full description from the A&E Web Site (found on the video sale
"Marvel at the extraordinary galleries of Philbrook Estate, filled with
Italian Renaissance masterpieces and priceless ancient art. Donated to the
city of Tulsa by oilman Waite Phillips, Philbrook has been a mecca for art
enthusiasts for over 50 years. Tour the 130-acre botanical gardens of the
Huntington House, home to more than 14,000 species of plants, and go inside
the walls of the Beaux Arts style home that houses one of the finest
collections of rare books and manuscripts in existence. Today, over 2,00
scholars a year investigate the hidden nuggets of Huntington House's
treasured tomes. Finally, the massive 100-room Reynolda House, originally
built for the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, has been transformed into
one of the finest museums of American Art in the world. Highlights include
the 2,500 pipe aeolian organ and majestic, two-story living room."
For those who haven't been to Philmont (or aren't familiar with all the
Phil* stuff), the Villa Philmonte at Philmont (this is now the center of
the Philmont Training Center) was built in 1927 at a cost of $250,000, in
a Mediterranean style similar to PhilBrook. The Villa Philmonte was Waite
Phillips Summer home and is about 1/4 the size of PhilBrook
Here are the times:
Friday June 5, 1998, 10:00-11:00pm EDT (GMT -4)
Saturday June 6, 1998, 2:00am-3:00am EDT (GMT -4)
Saturday June 6, 1998, 6:00am-7:00am EDT (GMT -4)
Saturday June 6, 1998, 1:00pm-2:00pm EDT (GMT -4)
I have not seen the program, but found the episode title after someone
mentioned to one of the PSA lists having caught part of it. I found all
this information on A&E's web site 2 days after the last airing last fall.
For those of you without a VCR / Cable access to A&E, you can order a copy
of the program from A&E Home video.
I WANT TO GO BACK TO PHILMONT!!!!!!
Scott A. Begin Philmont Ranger 1988-89, Logistics 1990
firstname.lastname@example.org Philmont Staff Association Member
Oak Forest, IL
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