Saturday, December 6, 2008
2:00pm - 8:00pm
Tickets are $15/day of tour
$12/advance (see bottom of post for locations to purchase ADVANCE tickets)
Some AMAZING properties will be "open" for this tour and there are even a few making their debut on the tour! Some of the highlights are:
The Royall-Luddy House on North Main Street that was a "work in progress" during the 2006 tour is back in its completed state. This 1900 Queen Anne home has undergone extensive renovations, including the removal of recent additions and hardwood floors revealing the original heart pine flooring.
BREWER PUKENAS HOUSE
Another home - the 1905 Brewer-Pukenas House, located across from the Wake Forest Birthplace on North Main Street - was undergoing major renovations and a large addition during the last tour. Since then, it has been completed and sold, and the new owners are making it available for the tour.
SOUTH BRICK HOUSE
This year we almost had another "work in progress." The South Brick House, built in 1837 as one of the first three buildings constructed for the newly formed Wake Forest College, has always been a residence and was used for a time as housing for students. Arnold Palmer lived here while attending Wake Forest College. Its current major renovations have gone well and the owners have moved in!
The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is making Stealey Hall (originally known as Wait Hall available for the tour. This 1935 administration building sits on the site of the original college building that burned in 1933. The Colonial Revival design set the model for subsequent Wake Forest College buildings.
WAKE FOREST HISTORIC DISTRICT
In the traditional Wake Forest Historic District, which includes South Avenue, North Avenue, and North Main Street, the tour will feature a number of other properties including the Holding-Cvinar House (1899), the Powers-Ludas House (1876), and the Medlin-Smart House (1905).
Of particular interest to local folks will be the 1897 Powers-Forensic Building, located at the corner of North Avenue and North Main Street, which for approximately 30 years housed The Corner Ice Cream Shop. The new owners have been working on numerous, exciting renovations.
Also of note on the tour for the first time in many years is the inclusion of the 1892 Brewer-Stryer House, also known as the Brewer-Arthur House. This ornate Queen Anne home, situated on North Main Street, was severely damaged in 1996 during Hurricane Fran, but the owners at the time restored it to its 1892 appearance and received a local historic preservation award for their efforts.
Other key properties on the tour include:
- Royall Mill Apartments was originally built in 1900 as the Royall Cotton Mill. The mill was converted to an apartment complex in the late 1990s, yet each unique apartment incorporates as many of the original structural elements into its desig as possible. Three apartments were included on the tour in 2006 and two additional apartments will be a part of the tour this year.
- The Schlink House on North College Street (1890) will also be on tour.
Prepare to be dazzled by these and other homes during this year's Christmas Historic Home Tour. Also, be sure to look out for several new offerings this year, including roaming carolers, and free horse and carriage rides.
Advance Tickets can be purchased at:
343 S. White St.
306 S. White St.
219 S. White St.
221 S. White St.
Art & Frame Gallery
139 S. White St.
401 Elm Ave.
221 S. Brooks St.
150 S. White St.
This truely is an outstanding tour that highlights all of Wake Forest has to be proud of. You know that I am a HUGE advocate for Historic Wake Forest and this tour is a great way to show the world what we have to offer here.
So, please, come out and experience my Wake Forest - it is a dazzling display of beauty and a heritage rich in character......
A stunning example of historic preservation in My Back Yard....
Leesa L. Finley, Broker, Realtor®
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