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Grant Park’s Annual Tour of Homes

One of the homes featured on this year’s tour. Photo by Josh Vick
One of the homes featured on this year’s tour. Photo by Josh Vick

By Christina Mobley
The Grant Park Neighborhood Association’s (GPNA) 43rd annual Grant Park Spring Tour of Homes returns May 20 and 21 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm each day. This year’s tour will offer a peek inside seven homes and three gardens across the neighborhood, as well as The Social Goat Bed and Breakfast and several points of interest. Homes on the tour include the white mansion on Boulevard, a tree-top garden oasis, and a bungalow boasting an oversized cedar screened porch. We are proud to have a fantastic array of homes on the tour this year.
Each year, one home is chosen as the feature home on the tour. This year’s feature home is a Queen Anne-style Folk Victorian, circa 1900, on the corner of Cherokee Avenue at Glenwood Avenue. While the front porch and yard could steal any curb appeal award, our feature home is even more stunning on the inside. With three stained glass windows, original pocket doors, and fretwork spandrel woodwork, combined with unmatchable taste in décor, 2017’s feature home is sure not to disappoint.
An exciting new point of interest this year is a beautifully restored 100-year-old commercial building at the corner of Ormond and Grant Streets that is bringing quite a buzz to the southwest side of Grant Park. No longer vacant, the brick building houses Art-Haus Gallery, Laura Goddard Style, Highland Yoga, and Mediterranea Restaurant. In addition, GPNA supported the Ormond-Grant Park playground enhancements in 2016.
A special thank you to the Grant Park annual and individual business sponsors for their support of this year’s tour. Tour-goers will receive a goody bag containing discounts to local businesses and a tour brochure with more information on our wonderful sponsors. Stop by and say hello.
Volunteers are needed to mind houses on the tour. If you are interested, please visit www.gpna.org/tourofhomes to select a timeslot to volunteer. Volunteers will receive a complementary ticket and goody bag for this year’s tour, as well as a complementary ticket to Grant Park’s annual Mothball fundraiser in November.
Tickets are $20 for adults in advance and $25 the day of the event, $10 for those under age 18, and free for children under age 3. All tour proceeds go toward the funding of neighborhood projects. In 2016, GPNA supported the Milledge Fountain restoration, Project Open Hand, and numerous neighborhood schools, to name a few. For more information on the Grant Park Tour of Homes and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.gpna.org/tourofhomes.

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