Holiday House Tour: Sunday, December 4, 11am- 4pm
Tickets may be picked up at WHS, Mon. Nov. 28 to Sun., Dec. 4, 10- 4pm Twilight Soiree – Dec 4, 4:30-7:30 pm
A self-guided odyssey of Architecture, Art and Antiques, in five marvelous homes.
A Festive Post-Tour Wine & Hors d’Oeuvres Celebration and Silent Auction
Please join us to celebrate the day’s pleasures at a savory
hors d’oeuvres & silent auction party, Twilight Soirée,
at yet another fabulous home, specially decorated for this event.
Stroll around, sample the wines and hors d’oeuvres,
enjoy the live music, place a bid or two.
BARN AGAIN! A CONNECTICUT YANKEE VISITS PROVENCE
Fooled by the serene Colonial style exterior, Westport’s 2011 Barn Survey Team missed counting this ingenious and stylish renovation of what appears, from the inside bones, to have been a Puritan-era bank-style barn associated with Westport’s oldest home. See and hear for yourself in the cozy, beamed “Calfing Room”; then, warmed by exuberant, Provencal colors, ascend to the main, hilltop level’s stunning kitchen, dining room and living room and upstairs bedrooms. Don’t miss the guest house bath!
AT HOME WITH STONE & SUSTAINABLE FRAZIER PETERS
Before touring, see our current WHS Frazier Forman Peters exhibits to place this impressive and wonderfully sited 21st century stone expansion in context. In a tear down age, only one of Peters’ 38 + sustainable stone Westport homes has been lost to commercial not residential development giving evidence of the timeless appeal and value of his technique
This grand, welcoming residence honors and re-imagines Peters’ design principles with great flow and articulate spacing for today’s living by a large, active family. Fittingly, cherished work by legendary Westport artists dominates family collections.
GRACIOUS MANOR, CELEBRATING BLENDED TRADITIONS
This sumptuous, elegantly appointed, stone and clapboard manor offers a tour within a tour, orchestrated for us by the author of Holiday Decorating for Dummies. Just as the architectural details and furnishings meld Old World grace and style with state-of-the-art home technology, the holiday decor celebrates this blended family’s dual holiday traditions with 20 separate displays, ranging from the grand foyer’s 14′ Christmas Tree with 1500 lights to “Hanukkah Heritage” in the Kosher Kitchen, “Winter Wonderland in the living room and “Vintage Candyland” in the lower level.
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK (AND THEY HAVE!)
Spared by the British during the Revolution, this home–a recent gut renovation and chic restoration, with passionate attention to preservation detail, including a rebuilt barn—is a triumph, and a fine example of “less is more”. The beams whisper history while the floors gloat with pride. Vintage lighting fixtures and choice antiques complement the owner’s incredible custom carpentry and custom combed and faux painting. DO allow time for oral history and renovation/archaeological artifacts (including 1897 newspapers found in the walls, and farm tools and Ford Model A parts, in the barn). Unforgettable!
EARLY GINGERBREAD! STUNNING 1865 GOTHIC REVIVAL
Dating to 1865, originally home to Henry Jennings’ son, Peter, and, later, to generations of Quinns, this rare American Gothic Revival has it all: cross-beams, pointed arches and decorative verge boards fronting the gables. Both the Railroad and Turnpike are part of its intriguing story, but this house, replete with original windows and moldings, along with thoughtful changes, addition and fancy landscaping, lives to tell the tale. Choice antiques and festive holiday décor make this house picture perfect!
You will be asked to remove your shoes upon entering each home.
No photography inside the homes, nor children under 12.
Tickets may be picked up at the Westport Historical Society,
Mon. Nov. 28 to Sun., Dec. 4, 2011, 10 am to 4 pm.
No tickets will be mailed. Events will be held, snow or shine.
Tickets are $50 Non-members, $40 Members, $55 Day of Tour