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Parade of Homes gallery: A look at what OKC-area homes looked like in the 1970s

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The Parade of Homes Spring Festival would be going on now if not for the coronavirus and continued uncertainty over health safety. It will happen. The pandemic has postponed, not canceled, the parade, which has been the signature event of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association for three quarters of a century.

New dates for the parade will be announced soon. In the meantime, enjoy this look back at parade and other show homes of the past: the 1970s. Photos, and original captions, from The Oklahoman collection via the Oklahoma Historical Society's Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org.

Comfortable contemporary look is achieved by combining the natural elegance of 'butcher block' tables tops with polished aluminum legs. -- June 17, 1973


COOL POOL adorns the enclosed courtyard of the Fall Parade of Homes concept home, one of 70 entries at eight additions in greater Oklahoma City. -- September 24, 1970.


Trash compactors are a key part of many new homes like this model by the Home Builders Association of Greater Oklahoma City at 11017 Coachman Drive. -- May 10, 1972


LIGHT APLENTY is provided by an overhead panel light that resembles a skylight in the kitchen of Joe C. Bynum's Spanish stucco model home being shown daily through Sunday in the 1975 Parade of Homes. -- May 30, 1975


Focal point of this 3-bedroom 2-bath home built by Ken Knowles is the fireplace, which divides the living room and den at the apex of a 14-foot vaulted ceiling which is completely open between the two rooms. -- June 7, 1973


This new home at 601 Candlewood in Timber Ridge Addition in Edmond is equipped with gas appliances and facilities. -- June 7, 1974


All areas of the kitchen may be reached from this pentagonal-shaped center. -- Aug. 22, 1979


SUMPTUOUS MEALS will be only as far away as the striking of a match for the users of this gas grill, a popular feature in many of the parade homes. -- May 10, 1972

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Richard Mize

Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked... Read more ›

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