Historic Springfield Tour of Homes This Weekend!

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This weekend, come see the transformation of Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood first hand, at the 37th Annual Historic Springfield Tour of Homes (and Bike Tour)!

For 37 years, the Springfield Historic District has been showing off it’s unique character, architecture, and pedestrian friendly streetscapes through home tours. Once ground zero for Jacksonville’s poverty and blight, it’s now in the midst of a vibrant transformation, literally rising from the ashes to become a popular neighborhood for those seeking an eclectic, diverse, and semi-urban lifestyle. The 2015 edition of the tour highlights this transformation by featuring a diverse range of venues, from finished showpieces, to home renovations in progress.

You’ll find four original turn-of-the-century single family homes, one charming new construction, one grand Queen Anne just finishing up a full restoration, one gorgeous loft-style commercial renovation, and the Solomon Lodge, the former mansion of the storied Barnett Family. Along with these 8 venues, you’ll also find vintage home décor by Eco Relics and cold treats from Bold City Pops along the way.

And if you’d like an extended tour of the Historic District, the guided bicycle tour edition highlights all the venues on the Home Tour along with the characters, events, places, and architecture throughout the neighborhood that makes #SPR distinct.

Here’s the info:

Home Tour:  Saturday, 6/06/15, open 12pm - 5pm
Bike Tour (no extra cost): Saturday, 6/06/15, leaves at 1:00pm
Home Tour:  Sunday, 6/07/15, open 12pm - 5pm

Start & Check-in: Better Homes & Garden Realty at 1501 N. Main Street

Tickets: Discounted tickets are $12 now, and can purchased either online at www.sparcouncil.org, or at the following local businesses across Jacksonville: Uptown Kitchen & Bar, Three Layers Café and Sweet Pete’s Candy in Springfield/Downtown, Tres Leches Eatery and Fans & Stoves Antique Mall in Riverside, San Marco Bookstore and Roberts’ Pharmacy in San Marco, Avonlea Antique Mall and Watson Realty on the Southside, and Keller Williams Realty and Strata Clothing at the Beaches. Or, you can purchase tickets for $15 at the start of the event.

Photo credits to Amy Ploss-Samson.

Wells Fargo is the title sponsor of this Jacksonville tradition. For more information, visit www.sparcouncil.org or contact Springfield Preservation & Revitalization (SPAR) at sparoffice@sparcouncil.org