& Interesting Details
In continuing the tradition of original owner/builder Bill Blecha who recycled and salvaged pieces of architecture that would have been destroyed or demolished, Castle Falls seeks out interesting furnishings, plantings and artifacts that are personally and often historically significant to Oklahoma City. Since acquiring Castle Falls in 2004, the Rollins have been blessed by multiple private donations from individuals willing to share their heritage through possessions passed down.
Oklahoma City entrepreneurs Maxine and husband J. Eldon Peek (who preceded her in death) owned the Paramount film exchange for over 70 years. Through the generous donation of their Granddaughter Anne Wilson, Castle Falls Cellar bar features their handmade breakfast table with 8 barrel chairs that was part of their family’s home for seven decades. Also, positioned on the third floor of the castle is Maxine’s ornate free standing mirror that stood in her sewing room. She used it to “fit” all her children and grandchildren creating great memories for what “Muh” (their special nickname for her) was creating especially for them to wear. Throughout the castle, are multiple photographs, paintings and pieces of furniture donated by the Wilsons.
Throughout Castle Falls, the Rollins have transplanted a variety of bulbs that offer a history all of their own: Antique iris bulbs brought over from Germany by Steve Forman’s family of Kingfisher and planted on their Cashion Farm, now multiplying everywhere at Castle Falls; Louisiana bulbs that produce “bird of paradise” like blooms from longtime Oklahoma City resident Linda Coffman’s mother’s Maxine’s garden in West Monroe, Louisiana; Succulents that the Rollins call “Live Forevers” from their first next door neighbor in Oklahoma City Veta who showed Amy that even the simplest plants were worth including; Four o’clocks and Day Lilies transplanted from multiple sources. The transplanted plantings bear life not only through their beauty but through their history.
The castle’s third floor mahogany wood store fronts originally built for an OKC downtown department store, are the perfect showcase to feature bridal gowns from 7 decades. Gowns include original owner Bill Blecha’s daughter Dee’s wedding dress made by her mother Opal made for her 1956 wedding which took place on the second floor of the castle, their home at the time.