The beloved Fairmount Historic District Tour of Homes is back in-person after its COVID-year hiatus, but with a few new twists for this, the 39th edition.
First, it's switched parents. This year's event spans Father's Day weekend rather than the usual Mother's Day weekend; it's taking place from 12-6 pm June 19-20.
Second, more historic homes will be included, but attendees will get to see less of each one. And it'll all be done outdoors.
Organizers are calling the event, appropriately, a "walk and roll historic neighborhood tour."
Typically, six to 10 homes are selected for the tour, and hundreds of people walk through them to admire the architecture and design of each room. This year, 16 homes will be featured, but for the health and safety of all involved, they will not be open to the public. They'll be grouped into four separate, easily walkable clusters.
"There will be eight porch story homes with live actors and pictures telling stories about the homes and eight beautiful garden tour homes," a press release says. "Even though we are not going inside the homes this year, you will still get to experience the rich architecture of these craftsman bungalow-style homes."
A neighborhood parade will kick off the event at 10 am Saturday.
Tickets to the tour are $25, available for advance purchase at www.historicfairmount.com or on the day of the event at the Welcome Pavilion at SiNaCa Studios, 1013 W. Magnolia Ave. Guests with pre-purchased tickets can pick them up there, and a map and information will be provided, organizers say.
Proceeds benefit neighborhood improvement projects. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the district's website.