Home in the Heights: Woodland Heights ready for spotlight
The six homes on tour (all pictured here) feature five renovated historic houses and one condo in the repurposed Woodland Heights Baptist Church building. The homes are at 3008 Morrison (a 1920 William Wilson original), 3015 Morrison (the oldest home on the tour, built in 1908), 209 East Woodland (1920), 602 Teetshorn (1920) and 902 Redan (pre-1920), while the condo is No. 202 at 215 Norma (church was built in 1925 and adaptively reused, as they say in the historic preservation business, in 2005).
These are houses that were built to be livable homes, with large windows putting the inside resident in relationship to the neighborhood and front porches that are made for sitting and visiting. The homes themselves are as arm, and as warm-hearted, as the neighborhood in which they sit. The homes, unlike so many (but of course, not all) new-construction homes, have personality and a sense of uniqueness. When you're in one, you know for sure you are not in any other. That to me underlines why I love these older homes so much.
As was written in this space a few weeks ago, the tour itself will begin with a Friday night preview party. Preview night tickets enable holders to tour the homes Friday night, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in a much more relaxed and casual pace than the weekend tour. Also included is a reception at 530 Byrne that starts at 7 p.m. Area restaurants will provide food, while entertainment will be provided by local entertainers Dog Party Band.
The preservation fair will provide attendees with contacts to preserve and maintain older homes themselves. Vendors at the fair, 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Park, will offer advice, products and services. Admission to the fair is free with a home tour ticket or $5 at the door.
For more details or to buy tickets, visit www.woodland-heights.org/hometour.htm.
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