The Bed Stuy house tour is back this fall, offering another chance to drool over Brooklyn architecture and interiors. The 39th Annual Bed Stuy House Tour takes place on Saturday, October 21. Usually the last tour of the year, it is also one of the largest in the borough.
The self-guided walking tour is sponsored by local organization Brownstoners of Bed Stuy to raise awareness about homeownership and neighborhood history as well as to raise funds for scholarships.
The day kicks off with a free homeownership workshop from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and is followed by a bazaar with local vendors from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both events take place at the Boys and Girls High School at 1700 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, which is also the starting part for the tour.
The tour itself begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. While the list of houses isn’t made available before the tour, it was announced that this year the Weeksville Heritage Center will be a featured site. Weeksville was founded in the 1830s as a free black community and the surviving 19th century wood frame houses, now part of Crown Heights, give a glimpse into the lives of Brooklynites past.
To find out what other stops are on the tour, attendees must present a ticket at the starting point to receive a tour brochure. The brochure is required for entry to the homes on the tour.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online or in person at Peace & Riot at 401 Tompkins Avenue, Bed-Vyne Wine at 370 Tompkins or Kafe Louverture at 392 Halsey Street. Tickets can also be purchased at Boys and Girls High School the day of the tour. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour.
The tour caps the yearly Bed Stuy Alive festival, a week-long celebration of the neighborhood. The festival kicks off on Saturday, October 14. For more information on the activities during the week, click here.
Other Brooklyn house tours this year took place in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Park Slope. House tours took off in the mid-20th century to encourage homeownership and community involvement in older neighborhoods. This year, the Brooklyn Heights Association discontinued its decades-old house tour and replaced it with a decorator show house.
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