Nonprofit Restores Former Governor's Home In Edmond

Kaylene and Brian Balzer created the nonprofit Beautiful Restoration, and they were able to purchase Gov. J. Howard Edmondson’s former home in Edmond just days before it would have been torn down.

Tuesday, December 21st 2021, 6:20 pm


This house in Edmond, at 19200 Terra Place, is the former home of Governor Edmondson back in the sixties. It was days from being torn down when Beautiful Restoration stepped in. 

“Beautiful Restoration and it is a ministry to women that are in any area of brokenness, and now we minister to men and children as well,” said Kaylene Balzer one of the founders of the nonprofit ministry. 

When Kaylene, her husband Bryan and her best friend Lisa Clark first saw the mansion, even in its worst state, they knew it was for them. 

“The mansion had been gutted it had been scheduled for demolition. When they got our letter, they were ten days out from demolition,” said Balzer. 

The nonprofit group was able to obtain the property and began the restoration process. They all had grand ideas of how the property should look for Christmas. 

“It was always our desire to have beautiful lights in the trees,” said Balzer. 

But where would the money come from for this grand project? Enter Ed James. 

“They were from Nashville, they had moved to Oklahoma during the height of covid, because Nashville had kinda shut down,” said Balzer. 

“Ed was an event designer, so he did backdrops for a lot of the acts that traveled, like Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith,” said Balzer. 

And after a 4-hour meeting with the team and seeing the mansion, an unexpected offer was made. 

“He said I have two warehouses full of Christmas lights, that I haven’t used, they’re all brand new, and I just feel impressed to donate them to Beautiful Restoration,” said Balzer. 

The lights on Terra place in Edmond are now a huge attraction. 

“The entire property is decorated with chandelier lighting, which is in the trees,” said Balzer. 

The Christmas lights will be on display through January seventh, everyone is welcome to drive through and see this beautiful Christmas display. 


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