Grab your bicycle, slip on your flip flops (or drive if you must) and enjoy touring seven unique venues, both historic and modern, on the 2016 Historic Springfield Tour of Homes on May 21st & 22nd. Purchase your tickets early now for a discount.
This year's venues includes:
> A majestic 1909 Colonial Revival restate, one of the largest in Springfield, with massive double veranda.
> A new construction, ultra-energy efficient “green” bungalow.
> A three-story 1911 Queen Anne with elaborate woodwork.
> A gorgeously renovated 1914 commercial loft space.
> An eclectic 1912 bungalow with grand fireplace and hen pasture.
> A bold renovation of an historic 1905 home with modern elements.
> An updated 1920's red brick quadruplex.
Look for live music by Jacksonville Old Time Jam, cold trats by Bold City Pops and displays by noted artists Mac Truque and Thony Auiuppy along the way. Guests can walk, bike or drive the Tour.
On Saturday at 1pm, the award-winning e2ride Bike Tours will be hosting an extended guided bicycle tour of the neighborhood. Along with the seven venues on the Tour of Homes, guests will leisurely ride throughout the Historic District, with stories, architecture and history shared along the way. Free with your Home Tour ticket and bike (you can also rent a bike there). Reserve your spot now.
Stay in Springfield after Saturday's tour to enjoy a variety of live music and drink specials at seven local venues, including Uptown Kitchen & Bar, Karpeles Museum, Three Layers Cafe, Tapas Old World, Walnut Inn, Shanty Town Pub and The Birdhouse.
About the Tour:
In it's 38th year, the Tour is a way to show off the progress (and opportunities) in the Springfield Historic District. Hosted by Springfield Preservation & Revitalization (SPAR) Council, th 501ce grass roots organization working towards preserving the unique character of the neighborhood, while facilitating it's revitalization. We build community. Find out more on our website.
Infomation on Tour of Homes venues
327 W. 5th Street
This magnificent house was featured in Jacksonville's Architectural Heritage, and includes original gas and electric light fixtures, dramatic coffered ceilings, wine cellar, 5 sets of hardwood pocket doors, 4 fireplaces and servant buzzers throughout the house. With connections to the Bostwick Building (aka Cowford Chophouse) and Synder Memorial in Downtown, it's early residents were prominent citizens players well known Jacksonville institutions. Learn more at the Tour.