Category Archives: Home Tours

Glendale hosts Catlin Court Historic Home Tour Nov. 8

[Source: KKAT TV] — Have you driven through the Catlin Court Historic District and wondered what the beautiful bungalow homes looked like inside? Now is your chance to find out! Homeowners will open their doors for the Catlin Court Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is only the second time Catlin Court homes have been opened to the public. The tour will feature eleven historic homes in the beautiful historic neighborhood.

History buffs will delight in hearing stories of the neighborhood’s rich and fascinating past, which dates back to 1915. Co-founded by Otto R. Hansen, the neighborhood was named “Catlin Court” for his wife’s maiden name, and was one of Glendale’s earliest residential developments. Additional activities planned during the tour hearken back to Glendale’s earlier days, such as free horse-drawn carriage rides and a vintage car show.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the event. Tickets are available for purchase at Glendale’s Visitor Center, 5800 W. Glenn Dr., Suite 140, or online at the Catlin Court Website. The Visitor Center will be open that day, welcoming visitors and residents to discover many shopping and dining options in downtown Glendale before or after the tour. For more information, call 623-930-4500.

Catlin Court historic home tour Nov. 8

Saturday November 8th is the 2008 Catlin Court historic home tour in Glendale, Arizona. From Myrtle to Orangewood, 59th Avenue to 57th Avenue. Tour 10 homes from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be carriage rides and vintage cars. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased online at the Catlin Court homepage.

43rd annual Jerome historic home tour May 17-18

[] — Visit 8 historic homes and buildings throughout Jerome on May 17-18 from 9am-3pm as part of the 43rd Annual Jerome Home Tour. This year promises to be an exciting and interesting tour with a new look at the Phelps Dodge Administrative Office which has been beautifully restored at one end of town, down to 2 modern day ‘Jerome Style’ dream homes that have been works in progress for many years and are now ready for a first viewing.

A classic Victorian house, a 1904 cottage and authentic Gypsy Caravan, the beautiful and haunting Holy Cross Catholic Church, The Ladies Jail, and a charming 1914 home on the main road into Jerome …this fills out a roster that gives a cross-section of Jerome then and now. End the tour with refreshments at Jerome’s famous ‘Spook Hall.’ The piece de resistance of the tour is The Pink Lady House (pictured). The Riordan House, now referred to as The Pink Lady House because of its lovely and authentic Victorian paint scheme, was built in 1898. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Phoenix’s Windsor Square historic home tour April 6

[Source: Windsor Square] — From contemporary interiors to lush gardens to the latest in transitional styles, one of North Central Phoenix’s most sought-after historic neighborhoods opens its doors to the public in its 6th biennial Historic Home and Garden Tour on Sunday, April 6, 2008. The self-guided tour, featuring homes dating from 1929, will show a wide variety of residential architectural designs, ranging from early period revival styles to post-war ranch homes. Twenty-percent of the proceeds from the tour will benefit Central Arizona Shelter Services.

Phoenix Mayor, Phil Gordon, a Windsor Square resident, will be in attendance to tour homes. The event will feature fine arts and crafts vendors, live music, historic home restoration products and consultants, and refreshments. The 260-home Historic District, bordered by Central Avenue and Seventh Street, Pasadena Avenue and Oregon Avenue, was considered the first suburb of Phoenix. Started in 1929, it featured curved streets with charming homes created during a time when the population of Phoenix was about 70,000 and the northernmost reach of the trolley line was Thomas Road. Tickets will be available on the day of the home tour at Medlock and 2nd Street (one block east of Central, north of Camelback Road). Free on-street parking will be available. For more information, or to advertise, please email Windsor Square.

Globe Historic Home Tour shows off century-old buildings

[Source: Martin Cizmar, Tribune] — If there’s one thing Ellen Kretsch thinks people took away from last weekend’s Globe Historic Home Tour, it’s that they don’t build ’em like they used to. The four historic houses on this year’s tour weren’t “mansions, by any means,” she says, but they’re still solid after a century. “The fact that they’re still here 100 years later, that 100 years later they’re still in great shape — though they’ve had some work done — I think that says a lot about the workmanship, compared to what you might find in some homes now,” she says. “The workmanship is just unbelievable.”Kretsch, executive director of the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce, says tour organizers try to find different houses every year. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Good ol’ days showcased in Historic Florence

[Source: Mark Cowling, Florence Reminder] — With only his hands-free walkie talkie interfering with his old-time proprietor’s attire, Bruce Woodmansee tells home tour visitors about his family’s work to restore the historic Mandell Department Store during the 23rd Annual Tour of Historic Florence last Saturday. The family, which owns and operates True Value Hardware, is considering opening an ice cream and sandwich shop in the Mandell building. The Woodmansees’ restoration included plumbing the building for a potential restaurant, and saving the original woodwork as much as possible.

4th annual Modern Phoenix home tour and expo coming April 5th and 6th

[Source: Modern Phoenix] — The box office is now open for the Modern Phoenix Home Tour and Expo 2008! The Progress + Preservation event spotlights the urgent need to practice mid-century modern design preservation while also honoring the independent spirits that create contemporary design in Phoenix. This weekend event will juxtapose local attitudes and approaches toward both Midcentury Modern and Contemporary architecture and design. We’ll take the dialogue between past and present to the next level by bringing together a dynamic mix of creative personalities in a variety of stimulating venues. Please join Modern Phoenix for this one-of-a-kind event in Village Grove of Scottsdale, AZ. Tickets now available at 480-994-ARTS [2787]. Saturday April 5 is the expo and seminars. Sunday April 6 is the home tour in Village Grove. Click here for a full weekend itinerary.

Historic Florence homes open their doors for 2008 home tour

[Source: Daniel Dullum, Casa Grande Valley Newspaper] — Every stop on the 23rd annual Tour of Historic Florence has its own unique history, and the Truman-Randall House (pictured) is no exception. The original owner, Pinal County Sheriff W.C. Truman, became a celebrity when he and his posse were credited with the capture of notorious stagecoach robbers Pearl Hart and Joe Boot in 1899. The second owner, Dr. Wallace Randall, was well known not only in Florence but throughout the state of Arizona. His murder in 1922 was front-page news and is still the subject of debate and speculation. The Truman-Randall House, currently owned by attorney Michael Villarreal, can be viewed as part of the Tour of Historic Florence on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour begins at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 291 N. Bailey St. in downtown Florence.

It’s the first time since 1993 that the Truman-Randall House has been on the tour. “Personally, I’m really excited about it because I’ve never been in there, and because of all the history with Sheriff Truman and Dr. Randall,” H. Christine Reid, Pinal County Historical Museum public relations director, said. “I drive by that house all the time and I’ve always wanted to see what it looks like inside. From the articles I’ve read from when the house was on the tour many years ago, it looks just beautiful, so we’ll be in for a treat.” During the Tour of Historic Florence, visitors will have an opportunity to tour private homes and public and commercial buildings featuring various architectural styles, including Sonoran, Early Transitional, Late Transitional, American Victorian, American Bungalow and Mission Revival. Some buildings on the tour date back to the 1870s and 1880s, when Florence was the hub of activity for area silver mines, ranches and farms. The oldest structure on the tour is the Chapel of the Gila, 306 E. Eighth St. Built in 1870, Chapel of the Gila is also central Arizona’s oldest church. While mentioning recent home tours held in Mesa and Gilbert, Reid said, “These other towns don’t have what we have. Very few towns other than Tucson and a few other places have the Sonoran row houses, adobe houses and commercial adobes.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Town of Florence.]

"Progress & Preservation" theme for April 5-6 Modern Phoenix expo/home tour

[Source: Modern Phoenix] — Join Modern Phoenix for a home tour and expo devoted to helping Phoenicians reshape and riff off the historic Modern lifestyle. Co-hosted by The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the event is devoted exclusively to highlighting postwar achitecture, design, landscape and interiors as they inevitably collide with today’s lifestlye and needs. The Progress + Preservation event spotlights the urgent need to practice mid-century modern design preservation while also honoring the independent spirits that create contemporary design in Phoenix. This weekend event will juxtapose local attitudes and approaches toward both Midcentury Modern and Contemporary architecture and design. We’ll take the dialogue between past and present to the next level by bringing together a dynamic mix of creative personalities in a variety of stimulating venues.

Saturday April 5, from 11:30 – 4:30, is a free public expo featuring products and services related to modernism and modern contemporary design including: fine art, mid-century modern furniture, real estate, green design, interior design, custom contemporary furniture, design preservation and design education. At 4 the keynote speaker Frank Henry, Adjunct Professor, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West, presents “The Iconic Age of Modern Phoenix.” Click here for a full itinerary and prices for Saturday’s seminars.

Sunday April 6, between 2 and 6 p.m., 10 to 15 homes designed by Charles Schreiber for Allied Builders and surrounding neighborhoods will be open for a self-guided park-and-walk tour. These tract ranch homes feature similar floorplans but several modifications over the years. Low-pitched rooflines, covered carports, cheerful porch posts and block fenestration are all qualities Schreiber’s Allied Modern Elevations share. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered by phone at 480-994-2787. For more information, click here.

2008 Willo historic home tour February 10th in Phoenix

[Source: Willo Historic District] — Sunday February 10th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., is the 2008 Willo historic home tour & street festival. Willo Home Tour is an annual event that promotes the neighborhood through advertising at local establishments and the media. The positive attention that comes from the tour has brought many anew resident to Willo. Additionally, the monies raised from this event enable the community to pursue neighborhood improvements including traffic mitigation, community wide activities, the Willo web site, and subsequent Willo Home Tours. Between twelve and fourteen homes open their doors to the public the Sunday before Valentine’s Day. A variety of homes from Tudor to Spanish Revival – Bungalow to Ranch style homes dating from the 1920’s through the 1940’s will be on tour. Stroll Willo’s tree lined streets from house to house, or jump a trolley that will carry visitors throughout the neighborhood. Willo is just west of Central Avenue between Thomas and McDowell Roads from 1st to 7th Avenues. ADMISSION: $15 day of event or presale online discount; free for children 12 years and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, click here.