Home in the Heights: Heights home tour headlines area events
After last weekend's successful Woodland Heights Home Tour, the Houston Heights comes out front and center this weekend with its Spring Home and Garden Tour, one of many events coming to the neighborhood this weekend.
Six homes and gardens will be on display Friday through Sunday, joined for the first time this year by a non-home on tour, the historic and recently-refurbished Immanuel Lutheran Church at the corner of East 15th and Cortlandt. This last stop is perhaps the most interesting on tour, as it wasn't so long ago that the church building was slated for demolition.
Only action from the local preservation community saved the building, and the congregation has restored it to its former glory, and plans have it being turned into a community center. It's a real historic preservation success story.
And that can also apply to the four renovated homes on tour, the Bohnn/Green home at 945 Columbia, Vaughn home at 1802 Cortlandt, Perez/Eronko home at 1401 Herkimer and Sitton home at 247 West 21st. All of which show what you can do with a little bit of imagination, a chunk of dedication and, to be fair, some money to contribute to the cause. But writing as a historic home renovator myself, I can tell you that the first two elements are the most important, and imagintaion and dedication will definitely be on display.
And none of this is to slight the two recently constructed homes, one of which, the Willis home at 711 East 19th, is a LEED-certified green building. Both of the new constructions, the other being the Cohen home at 726 East 8th, are excellent stops on tour.
Check out the tour page here for descriptions on each of the tour stops. Impressive.
The tour kicks off with the Candlelight Dinner and Auction Friday night. After a relaxing tour through the homes from 5-7 p.m., the dinner and auction are set for Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring St., 7-11 p.m. Patrick Palmer, the incoming studio school chairman of The Glassell School of Art, has created a work to be sold to the highest bidder at the live auction.
Also, the artwork of area children will be on display at the Heights Fire Station, 107 East 12th, for the Heights Association's Education Committee's Sixth Annual Youth Art Show. This is a real gem on the tour and you won't regret carving out time to see the work.
Discount tickets of $20 for the home tour ($125 for the Candlelight Dinner and Auction), are available through noon on April 1 online at www.houstonheights.org. Tickets are $25 on the days of the tour and may be purchased during the hours of the tour at the Heights Fire Station, 107 East 12th, and at each home tour home.
In addition to the home tour, Heights First Saturday will have business owners throughout the neighborhood showcasing their wares, the First Saturday Arts Market will feature the work of over 40 artisans coming from as far as Memphis, Tennessee, Texarkana and Sugar Land, as well as here in the Heights, and Opera in the Heights will close out its season with the final weekend of its production of Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. Check out the respective web sites for more on each of these events.
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