The Kannally Ranch House
The original 160-acre ranch was purchased by Neil and Lee Kannally in 1903. The two brothers were later joined by three other family members (sisters Lucile and Mary, and brother Vincent) and the ranch grew to almost 50,000 acres.
Initially, the Kannallys slept in a small adobe cottage on the original 160 acres, but later a second cottage was built for Mary and Lucile. The present Kannally Ranch House was built in 1929-1932 and is of Mediterranean Revival Style with Moorish influences, patterned on Italianate villas of the 1920s.
Following the death of Lucile Kannally in 1976, the ranch was willed to the Defenders of Wildlife, which later deeded the ranch to the Arizona State Parks Board. The newly renamed Oracle State Park: Center for Environmental Education is a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge and environmental learning center for school and adult groups. The park facilities were designed to be compatable with the ranch's natural surroundings and also to provide access for individuals with special needs.
The Friends of Oracle State Park raises funds for the restoration, preservation and operation of this historic Ranch House and its grounds at Oracle State Park.
Some of the many projects completed with the help of the Friends include:
- Refinishing and painting the doors and shutters on the house.
- Landscaping the courtyards and patios.
- Sanding and refinishing a bench hand carved by Lucile Kannally.
- Erecting a large metal shed to safely store ranch artifacts.
- Repairing damaged plaster.
- Refinishing a carved combination bench/table.
- Installing brick paving in the front plaza.
- Furnishing draperies for the living room.
- Providing volunteer gardeners for the grounds.
- Painting the ranch house perimeter wall.
- Sanding and refinishing floors on the office level.
Ongoing and future plans for repairs, maintenance and restoration include:
- Exterminate the termites
- Eliminate bat entry and clean rafters above living room
- Repair window and shutter woodwork
- Repair cracked plaster above living-room door
- Install a solar power/pump at the animal waterhole
- Outside Adobe wall paint – lime-base wash
- Paint outside doors of the Ranch House
- Paint homestead, cottage and tool shed
- Repair waterlines and install a septic system at the Ranch House
- Restore the Ranch windmill
- Restore hand-painted paint in bathroom, solarium, bookcases
- Archive photos, films, journals, and history to CD / DVD
- Produce copies of archived materials for viewing
- Professionally preserve the KannallyÕs belongings (museum quality)
- Restore the homestead / cottages (bedroom quarters) to original 1900s appearance