Tour of Homes offers holiday look inside

GTNS photo by David Hotle

Bernice Darby’s house, which is being featured on the Tour of Homes this weekend, shows traditional holiday features with a modern touch.
GTNS photo by David Hotle Bernice Darby’s house, which is being featured on the Tour of Homes this weekend, shows traditional holiday features with a modern touch.

Again this year the Washington Chamber of Commerce is offering looks inside some of the most prominent homes in town as part of its 28th annual Candlelit Tour of Homes being held this weekend.

Chamber event coordinator Alisha Davis said the tour will display a variety of homes ranging from new construction to Victorian. Six area houses will be on display this year.

“The tour supports the lights that go around the square and it’s a great cause for Washington and the downtown area,” she said. “You will get to see all kinds of different homes decorated for the holidays.”

Pennsylvania House Townhouse — 118 W. Third St.

The town houses, which were completed earlier this year, each boast 1,600 square feet. Co-owner Erin Drahota said five of the six town houses have been sold. Each town house has three bedrooms and two baths, with the opportunity for a third bath in the basement. The new town house being shown also displays some old fashioned holiday cheer.

The Tower — 208 1/2 S. Marion Ave.

The Tower, located above Knee Deep Solutions, is a second-floor home of about 1,500 square feet. While the building is over 100 years old, the apartment still is a work in progress. The windows and the trim in the apartment are all new for the holidays.

Keary and Rachel Quigley — 850 S. Marion Ave.

The house was built in 1906. Rachel Quigley said each room is themed in a certain way. She said the house offers a welcoming environment that will make a good stop on the tour. Quigley also said the house has a history of unique events.

Bernice Darby — 1111 S. Third Ave.

The 50-year-old home became the residence of Bernice Darby about a year ago. Since moving in she has tried to modernize the home a bit while keeping the house in character. She said there are some older period pieces that accent the house very well. With midcentury modern being a popular thing now, she feels tour goers will enjoy seeing how a home of this type can be brought into the future while being respectful to the past.

Kendall Tschantz and Heather Lucas — 621 S. Second Ave.

After moving into the house about two years ago, the couple hasn’t changed much in the design of the house. The rooms display many of the artwork and collections of Heather Lucas. The house was built in 1921 and Lucas said they have tried to keep as much of the character of the house as possible. Lucas said there is a lot to look at in the house and she is looking forward to showing it to guests.

Don and Linda Messer — 914 S. 12th Ave.

With this 11-year-old house, the real draw will be Linda Messer’s craftwork. She is known for turning anything into a work of art. Plenty of vintage and collectible items will be on display.

The tour will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday Dec. 1; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. During the event a photo booth from Creative Dreams Photography will be held at Dodici’s Shop.

Tickets are available at the Washington Chamber of Commerce office, 205 W. Main St. For more information, contact the Chamber at 653-3272.