This historic home was built in 1917 by tribal member Emma Gordon McBee, and husband Hiram, at a cost of $35,000. The three story structure was home to the McBee's and their seven children. The Gordon's acquired their wealth from mining royalties of the Emma Gordon mine founded on allotted land north of Commerce, Oklahoma.
The structure, with a ballroom on the top floor, was one of the finest in Miami during that era. Many unique pieces in the home were imported during construction, including crystal chandeliers from Austria. The family hired a decorator who accompanied them to Kansas City to choose proper furnishings which included a baby grand piano.
After the death of Mr. McBee, the home was sold to the government who made apartments to house members of the armed forces during and after WWII.