For years, we’ve been dying to go to the house tour in Newburgh, N.Y., called the Candlelight Tour, and this year we finally did. A few years ago, we’d heard of Newburgh because we read the blog Door Sixteen, but we didn’t know anything about it. One day we were tagging along with a friend who had business in town, and were simply agog when we stepped out of the car. The streets are like an outdoor house museum, with picture postcard examples of different architectural styles spanning the 18th through the early 20th century.
Newburgh’s perch overlooking the Hudson makes it extremely scenic as well as important militarily. It was a key spot during the Revolutionary War (George Washington’s house there is now a museum) and it became a fancy resort town in the late 19th century. It fell on hard times about 90 years later. Its history has been well documented here and here by the blog Big Old Houses.
The house tour, which took place Sunday, was brimming with friendly folks, above, all of whom seemed to know each other and have interesting stories to tell about their houses. We wish we could have stayed for hours more. We highly recommend the tour — and lunch at the always delicious Mexican restaurant the Maya Cafe in nearby Fishkill. Has anyone else attended the tour? Click through to the jump for tons of pictures. (more…)
Outgoing Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz kicked off the Crown Heights North Association house tour Saturday, congratulating the group on the state of the neighborhood and their successful landmarking efforts. The group presented him with a Crown Heights-themed pillow, sewn by none other than our own Montrose Morris, who coordinated this year’s house tour from her home upstate and also wrote the program guide. “My dream was always to be Brooklyn borough president — nothing more,” Markowitz added, saying “I’m not leaving voluntarily. Term limits!”
After the jump, photos of some of the houses on the tour, taken with permission of the home owners. (more…)
Dwell magazine’s City Modern Brooklyn home tour is coming up this Sunday, September 29. Five townhouses will be open for viewing, including the Flavor Paper headquarters and one of the State Street townhouses designed by Marvel Architects, above. The project was the first full block of new row houses to be completed in Brooklyn since the 1920s, according to the firm.
The Sixth Annual Crown Heights North house tour is coming up October 5, and the 35th Annual Bed Stuy tour is scheduled for October 19. A beautifully intact and updated Crown Heights house, 1234 Dean Street, above, which we featured as a House of the Day, will be on the tour. Click through to the jump for another look at the house’s original stove, and to see how the owners incorporated it into a newly renovated kitchen.
Mark your calendars! The Sixth Annual Crown Heights North House Tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 from 11 am to 4 pm. The festivities will kick off on the corner of St. John’s Place and Brooklyn Avenue. The tours typically go through a variety of homes, churches and organizations. You’ll be able to purchase tickets on the Crown Heights North website and at Barbara’s Flowers (615 Nostrand Avenue) and Yanatiba (714 Washington Avenue). Tickets are $20 ahead of time and $25 the day of the tour.
More than 500 people turned out for the 43rd Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour on June 2. Highlights included an artist’s studio, townhouses from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, prewar apartments, and seven private gardens. The Lefferts Gardens Montessori School was also open for visits. As you can see from the photos, taken by Brownstoner regular Bob Marvin, and published here with permission, the interiors and decor varied widely, showcasing touches of Victorian, mid-century mod and the latest in kitchen design. There was even a statue of a horse (at least, we think it’s a statue). Restoration and renovation specialists and the homeowners were on-site to discuss their work and share resources. Click through to the jump to see more photos, and to Bob’s Flickr page for even more. 43rd Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour [Flickr]
Warm weather means house tour season is starting soon! Not every neighborhood association has published its 2013 tour dates yet, which run through October, but here are some of the upcoming ones that have been set:
The Bed Stuy annual house tour is coming up soon. No one is allowed to publish photos or addresses in advance, but we hear from one of our well-placed sources that one of this year’s featured properties is decked out entirely in Aesthetic Movement style from the 1870s and ’80s, and its next-door neighbor, also on the tour, is entirely modern. The 34th Annual Tour takes place Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 am to 4 pm. Before the tour is a free homeownership workshop about how to finance the renovation or purchase of a home in Bed Stuy at 9 am. The Bed Stuy Bazaar runs from 10:30 to 3:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 from Little Red Boutique, Bed-Vyne Wine or Sista’s Place. They are $20 at the door. The tour is organized by Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant Inc. and starts at the Boys High School at 832 Marcy Avenue, at the Putnam Avenue entrance. Photo by Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant Inc.
Tomorrow, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., the Fort Greene Association will hold its 2012 “House Tour Select.” According to the chair of the association, the proceedings will be as follows: “Join me…I’ll be there at House Tour Select this weekend along with many of your neighbors as we take a personalized tour of some of Fort Greene’s finest. Fuel up…Included in your ticket and to fuel the walk, the talk, and the fun we’ll kick off the day at our Brunch Buffet at one of Fort Greene’s great restaurants. Come hungry to enjoy: Southern Fried Chicken or Smothered Chicken, Country Ham,Fried Whiting, French Toast with Fresh Strawberries, Homefries, Grits, Fresh Fruit Salad. Walk if off… As you tour 4 gems of the neighborhood. Chat directly with the owners about renovation techniques and decorating styles, browse through before and after shots, and pick up the local legends and stories that are unique to every home in Fort Greene. Cool down and relax…And then after tour our very special selection of “knock out” homes we’ll treat you to a intimate wine tasting in the cave of one of our local wine merchants. Get a taste of something different and go home with another new Fort Greene find.” Today is the last day to buy tix online, which cost $75 for members of the association, and $85 for nonmembers.
Prospect Park South’s famous “Japanese House” at 131 Buckingham Road will once again be opening its doors to visitors this weekend. Tours are running at noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday and cost $10 per person. Reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by PropertyShark
The Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant‘s 33rd annual house tour is happening this Saturday, October 15th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s a description: “Attendees will experience first-hand the luxury and sophistication embodied within these brownstones and limestones, many of which date back as far as the early 1800s. They will have the opportunity to speak directly with homeowners to learn about restoration, landscaping, general maintenance and the sustainability of a brownstone home. Displaying works in progress and fully renovated homes, the tour has traditionally proven to be an invaluable experience for homeowners and homebuyers alike.” Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 day-of and can be purchased at Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe and the T-Cup Cafe. The tour kicks off at “Old Boys” High School, at 832 Marcy Avenue. 33rd Annual House Tour [The Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant]
The Crown Heights North House Tour is happening this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s a description of it from the Crown Heights North Association: “Each tour invites the public to a variety of homes, churches and organizations that are happy to open their doors and share the warmth and neighborliness of the community. Homeowners welcome tour goers, who get to see not only beautifully renovated or restored homes, but sometimes homes still undergoing restoration, a fascinating peek into the complex process of renovation and construction.” The tour starts at St. Gregory the Great R.C. Church on the corner of St. John’s Place and Brooklyn Avenue. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 on the day. Crown Heights North House Tour [CHNA] Photo by PropertyShark