HOUSES ON PARADE
East Montrose, the Heights and Galveston Welcome Spring with Open Doors to Residences and Lofts
Compiled by Barbara Kuntz
It’s time to hop on the home tour circuit, with tours popping up everywhere like beautiful spring flowers. Here’s a quick look at just some of what’s dazzling and on show this month.
Discover “Hidden Beauties” at this year’s Houston Heights Association’s Spring Home & Garden Tour set noon-6 p.m. April 8 and 9. The weekend-long event showcases homes displaying a diverse mix of architectural styles and inviting gardens.
• The Anderson/Horeis Home, 805 Heights Blvd., circa 1916
• The Sawyer Home, 1433 Allston St., circa 1900
• The Zanone Home, 703 Harvard St., circa 1920
• The Hammonds Home, 821 Cortlandt St., circa 1920
• The Niemczak Home, 917 Columbia St., 2015
• The Ogiers Home, 810 Ralfallen St., 2016
Advance tickets for the tour are $20, available through www.houstonheights.org and area retailers, while tickets purchased on tour days are $25. Shuttle buses from the Houston Heights Fire Station, 107 W. 12th St., take tour-goers to the houses. Bicycle racks are available at each home.
Combine impressive architecture, original art for sale and scrumptious food and you have a winning day out at the East Montrose Civic Association’s 11th Biennial Foodie Home Tour and Art Walk set 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22 in this historic area.
The tour highlights a wide variety of architectural styles featuring six homes originally built between the early 1900s to modern. Tour-goers get a glimpse of how the architecture has transformed over the years, the results of the unique and diverse renovations characteristic of this eclectic neighborhood.
Also visit the working studios of six local artists, all within comfortable strolling distance. You’re invited into the spaces where artists get their inspiration and to see how their crafts come to life.
Many local restaurants and clubs offer special discounts for home tour patrons who present a tour ticket. The neighborhood folk music venue, Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant St., is open for the day.
Here’s just a sampling of the houses on tour:
• 401 Avondale St.
• 903 Welch St., circa 1910
• 2202 Whitney St.
• 301 Welch St., circa 1915
East Montrose is in the 77006 Zip Code and lies within the boundaries of Montrose, West Gray, Genesee and Fairview. Advance home tour tickets cost $15, while day-of-tour tickets are $20 and available at any tour home. The art walk is free. For tickets and more information, visit www.eastmontrose.org.
LOFTS ON VIEW
The Historic Downtown Galveston Partnership hosts The Downtown Lofts Tour on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A unique homes event, the tour features nine spaces in beautifully restored buildings to show how downtown living has evolved. The event kicks off April 28 with a cocktail preview.
Lofts tour tickets are $30 per person through April 27 and $35 per person the day of the event at The Grand 1894 Opera House, Edna’s Room, 2020 Postoffice St. The Friday preview, including the tour, is $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. All ticket holders must check in at Edna’s Room the day of the event to receive the tour map. Tickets are now available online at www.downtowngalveston.org. For more information, call 409-780-9820.
Lofts tour is sponsored by The Historic Downtown Partnership, The Historic Strand Lofts, Secure Mortgage, Network Funding, Peanut Butter Warehouse, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Anderson Properties, The Honorable Lyda Ann Thomas and The House Company with Tom Schwenk.
More than 70 blocks of entertainment in a historical ambiance make downtown Galveston a unique residential option. The Strand boasts the longest contiguous row of iron-front buildings in the United States, including significant architecture listed on the National Historic Register.
The Downtown Revitalization Coalition was founded in 1984 to represent the area and has evolved into The Historic Downtown Partnership representing a diversified area of businesses, building owners and residents. The partnership is an advocate for all of downtown Galveston, from the Strand/Seaport Historic District to the Arts and Entertainment District on Postoffice St., and promotes, enhances and sustains the economic vitality, attractiveness and quality of life in Historic Downtown Galveston. Proceeds from the Lofts Tour benefit the partnership’s advocacy and marketing programs.