Champlin Mansion sold

A moving truck sits outside the Champlin mansion Monday August 5, 2019. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — The Champlin Mansion, a sprawling piece of Enid real estate, and a part of Oklahoma history, has found a new owner.

Enid attorney James Sears Bryant closed a deal with Joel and Kelly Champlin in July, he said.

Neither party said what it sold for, but the Garfield County Assessor listed a fair cash value for the home of $1.8 million in 2018.

"It was a pleasure dealing with Joel and Kelly, they're very great people," Bryant said, adding it didn't take long to reach a deal.

"It's just an Oklahoma treasure," he said of the house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. "Joel and Kelly took beautiful care of it, and we'll treat it with the same dignity and respect they did."

The mansion boasts 40 rooms, a three-car garage and a 1,800-square-foot greenhouse. Additions were made over the years, but most of the property is original to its 1939 construction.

Having hit the market in 2016 with a $1.5 million price tag, the nearly 20,000-square-foot homestead housed several generations of Champlins, starting with banker and oilman Herbert Hiram Champlin, who paid for its construction.

Decades later, his great-grandson, Joel Champlin, would raise four sons of his own at the property, 612 S. Tyler.

Those memories are the hardest part of the home to part with, Joel Champlin said, but the decision has been made.

"Once you've decided you're doing something, you put emotion aside, and you look forward to the next chapter," he said.

His next chapter is moving with his wife to Dallas, closer to their kids and grandkids.

"We know that we will miss Enid and the people of Enid," Champlin said. "To everybody that we call friends and family here, we know we're going to miss them."

They're in the process of moving out now. It's an undertaking, given the mansion's size, and the years of life lived in it.

"A lot of rooms and a lot of stuff," Champlin said, and much of it isn't his, but his grandparents and great-grandparents.

"I was going through the attic and there's 80 years of canceled checks and stuff like that."

So there's some sorting to do. Not only of what to take and what to toss, but what to leave behind. Certain pieces of furniture, for example, might as well be a hearth, a stairwell, or a load-bearing wall. They're a part of the home.

As for the house itself, Champlin said it's far from neglected.

"We took care of it for 25 years. There's really not another Champlin in Enid to take care of it," he said. "We looked at our options, and we are thrilled that people with the grace and knowledge, the Bryants, have purchased it."

While it may have been expensive, "it is a bargain for what you're really getting," Champlin said.

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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