House Tour | Hidden Treasures of Northside

If you have ever wandered by a neighborhood home and been curious about what it might be like inside, the Hidden Treasures of Northside House Tour is the perfect way for you to spend the afternoon.

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Artwork by Alan Hopfensperger

That beautiful stained glass window you see on the way to the Farmer’s Market.

The tree house you spy in the yard just beyond your neighbor’s fence.

A glimpse of pocket doors when you wave “good morning” to the folks across the street.

Haven’t you always wanted to see more of those homes?

If you have ever wandered by a neighborhood home and been curious about what it might be like inside, the Hidden Treasures of Northside House Tour is the perfect way for you to spend the afternoon.

“Since 1990, the house tour has helped make people more aware of the great variety of housing stock in Northside, the renovation and restoration being done to the historic homes, and the sense of community and creativity in the neighborhood,” says Carolyn Gutjahr, co-chair of the House Tour Committee, along with Sandra Hamilton.

On Sunday, Sept. 28from noon to 5 p.m., 10 Northside homes will be featured on the tour, along with St. Boniface Church and three hospitality centers: ArtWorks Garage, CAIN, and Happen, Inc. The tour covers just over one mile, from Fergus Street to Spring Lawn, with free shuttle service available along the route. The tour covers just over one mile this year, from Fergus Street to Spring Lawn, with free shuttle service available along the route.

“I’ve been on the house tour twice,” says Hamilton. “I loved having people see my home and I enjoy seeing their homes. Those experiences are best shared with liked-minded people. Somebody has to be committed to see that the tour happens…. why not me?

Other points of interest for those taking part in the House Touar are the Northside Business District, with unique businesses, many owned by neighborhood residents; an area of Sears Catalog Homes on Innes Avenue, which has more than 20 Sears homes built during the 1920s; and the Kirby Road School, a Neoclassical Revival building from 1910 that will be redeveloped into approximately 40 apartments by Bloomfield/Schon + Partners, opening in mid-2015.

“The House Tour draws people who are interested in a diverse, urban community, who may eventually rent an apartment or purchase a home,” says Hamilton.

Tickets are $15 in advance, on sale through Sept. 27, online at http://www.northside.net/housetour/tour.shtml and at Building Value, 4040 Spring Grove Ave., all branches of the North Side Bank and Trust Co., Shake It Records, 4156 Hamilton Ave and Taylor Jameson Hair Design, 4200 Hamilton Ave.

“I have interests in architecture, design, and gardening, so I love touring the homes and gardens, learning more about the architecture and history of the neighborhood, and getting ideas that I could use in my home and garden,” says Gutjahr. “I enjoy meeting other Northsiders and talking with tour goers about the homes and the neighborhood. I think the preview tour and potluck dinner for home owners and tour volunteers that we have the week before the tour is a really important and special social aspect of the tour.”

FOR MORE INFO: 

Visit www.northside.net/housetour

EVENT SPONSORS: Northside Community Council, North Side Bank and Trust Company, and Gwen Mooney Funeral Home.


By Tricia Suit

 

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