The Severance House located at 703 North 3rd street is the oldest house in Durant. Built in 1898, the house is 115 years old and now getting a face-lift.
The house was originally built for the Hale family but gained its name from the Severance family who occupied it next.
Though the house has changed hands many times since the Severance family owned it, the name has stuck with the home.
The house is known for being one of the oldest continually lived-in homes in Oklahoma.
Ron Davis Jr. with Generation Roofing said they are trying to keep the house as original as possible.
“We’re trying to mimic the original cedar look,” said Davis.
Davis said the entire exterior of the house will be redone, keeping as many of the original features as possible.
The house features a gingerbread trim popular in the 1800s as well as a cook house, carriage house that was used to house horses and a horse and buggy drive way that is now used as a carport.
Cast iron rings on the carport will be redone as well to preserve the historic look of the home. Davis said he believes the current owners plan to register the house as a historic landmark when the repairs are complete.