Holiday House Tour 2004

December 5th, 2004

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 5, 11 AM to 4 PM

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Holiday House 2004 was a showcase event for design lovers,
with views of some of Westport’s design jewels,
including the private homes of interior designers
Dan Barsanti, Beverly Ellsley, and Rebecca Ellsley.

View the 2004 Houses:

Design Doyenne Historic Italianate Moose Lodge
Sophisticated CT Turkey Hill Treat Bayberry Beauty
(Party Only)


The Westport Historical Society’s 18th Annual Holiday House Tour, one of the group’s largest fundraisers of the year and a showcase event for design lovers, took place on December 5, 2004. This premier holiday event was attended by over 800, with fine weather this year making up for last year’s blizzard! Visitors had the chance to view some of Westport’s design jewels while supporting a great cause. With Westport’s most prominent interior designers on board this year, including a well-known mother-daughter combination, and a glamorous After Tour Cocktail Party and Silent Auction, a spectacular time was had by all.

All auction and ticket proceeds benefit the programs at the WHS, which include exhibitions, archival research, oral history, and many activities and events for children. The After-Tour Cocktail Party, attended by about 200 guests, took place at Bayberry Lane home. Treats from Tiffany, JL Rocks, Albe Furs, the Saugatuck Rowing Club, The Inn at National Hall, and the Westport Country Playhouse were included in the silent auction, as well as Knicks tickets and those impossible-to-get Saturday Night Live tickets.

Acclaimed Broadway performers Barbara Schottenfeld and Paul Bogaev thrilled party guests with their performance around the grand piano.

Visitors toured 5 private Westport homes, including the homes of prominent interior designers Dan Barsanti (of firm Healing Barsanti and co-owner of HB Home in Westport), Beverly Ellsley (owner of Beverly Ellsley Design) and Rebecca Ellsley (design partner, Beverly Ellsley Design). These 3 designers were all recently featured in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York, and are nationally known for their innovative and luxurious designs. Homes on the tour, as well as Wheeler House at the WHS, were decorated for the season by florists including Bambu Garden, Blossoms Plus, Botantica, Magnolia, Philippa Tarrant, and Taylor’s Floral Arts.

The Holiday House Tour and After Tour Cocktail Party were made possible in part by the generous support of our sponsors: Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine, Hudson United Bank, Balducci’s of Westport, Jewel of Russia Vodka, Black Bear Wines & Spirits, and the Cantering Caterer. Special day of tour loans will be provided by Dovecote, Lillian August, Waterworks, Mitchells, and George Esquivel Shoes, with styling by Wendy Tyler of Set the Stage.

After Tour Cocktail Party

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Barbara Schottenfeld and Grammy/Emmy winning Conductor/Arranger Paul Bogaev performed at the After Tour Cocktail Party on December 5
Hudson United Bank was a proud sponsor of the Westport Historical Society’s 2004 Holiday House Tour. Pictured at the After Tour Cocktail Party are (l to r) entertainers Paul Bogaev and Barbara Schottenfeld of Weston, who performed at the party, and HUB Vice President, Area Manager Mar Jennings of Westport

Composer, lyricist and singer Barbara Schottenfeld has won 14 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Musical Theatre awards, and collaborated with Jule Styne, Henry Mancini and Steve Allen. Ms. Schottenfeld’s newest full-length work is Hot and Sweet, the story of an all girl band in Chicago, 1945. Critically acclaimed as both writer and performer, she is described as “diversely talented” (The New York Times), “a true verbal artist” (New York Magazine’s John Simon) and “a megatalent” (UPI). Mr. Bogaev served as Music Director for the 2003 Oscar-winning film Chicago and as Executive Producer of Chicago’s 2004 Grammy-winning soundtrack. Music Producer and Arranger for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway production Aida, Bogaev was awarded the 2000 Grammy for Aida’s Original Cast Album, and has produced and arranged music for numerous other Broadway and television productions.

The Holiday House Tour and After Tour Cocktail Party
were made possible in part by the generous support
of our sponsors and donors:
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine
Hudson United Bank
Balducci’s of Westport
Jewel of Russia Vodka
Black Bear Wines & Spirits
HB Home
The Cantering Caterer

Special day of tour loans were provided by:
Dovecote, Esquivel Shoes, Lillian August, Mitchells, Set the Stage, and WaterWorks.

The 2004 Holiday House Tour was sponsored by:


All proceeds from the Holiday House Tour benefit the Westport Historical Society.