The 36th annual Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour takes place this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. Jason Scott, Vice-Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and Chair of the Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour, says the best part about the tour is its originality.
“We are lucky to have so many proud homeowners willing to open their homes that we showcase different properties each year!
“2012 is especially different in that the Tompkins-Buchanan-Rankin Mansion is included in the tour. This amazing mansion was built in 1871 and was enveloped by Spalding University. It's truly a 'hidden treasure' as you can no longer see the front facade but the interior is truly magnificent,” said Jason.
Old Louisville is known as the largest collection of historic Victorian homes in the country, showcasing architecture and history from a bygone era. The district tour will feature nine neighborhood dwellings, as well as the Woman's Club and Frazier House, Presentation Academy School, the Tompkins-Buchanan-Rankin Mansion in Spalding University and Treyton Oaks Towers.
“It's rare to be able to actually go inside and see the beautiful craftsmanship these homes were created with,” said Jason. “And the holiday decor that our gracious homeowners display just enhances all the beauty of these homes. There is similarity in that most all of the homes were built between 1880 and 1905 but there is so much personality in each home that it makes you want to return each year to get a glimpse into them.”
Holiday Home Tour tickets are discounted through 5p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, to $20. On Saturday and Sunday, tickets are $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.OldLouisvilleHolidayHomeTour.org or by calling 635-5244. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the tour.
Also, the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum will host a high Victorian Tea during the tour, including English teas and a tasteful sampling of savories and sweets reminiscent of holiday teas in the 19th century. To purchase tea tickets or learn more, call The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum at (502) 636-5023 or www.conradcaldwell.org.
The Holiday Home Tour is the primary fundraiser for the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park, and supports its mission of promoting and improving the Old Louisville neighborhood.
“Old Louisville is a jewel of Metro Louisville,” said Jason. “A living museum, if you will, that has a rich history and it is our mission to ensure this beautiful neighborhood continues to grow.”
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