New builds, antique treasures and a converted warehouse. Family heirlooms and art collected from around the world. Décor influences ranging from the Rat Pack to the seashore. There’s something for everyone on view in the 2016 Short North Tour of Homes & Gardens, happening Sunday, September 18, with a preview tour and party on Saturday, September 17. Now in its 42nd year, the event returns with support from presenting sponsor Dooley and Co. Team of Keller Williams Classic Properties.
Among the nine stops on this year’s tour are two homes in the historic Circles neighborhood, including the oldest house on view this year. Built in 1889, the expansive space has stained glass windows, four original fireplaces, a third floor balcony and photographs throughout from the travels of owners Justin Flowers and Corey Robinson.
The newest home on the tour was designed for entertaining by its owners, Gary Lackey and Michael Lord. Its kitchen/bar is at the heart of the living space, which has a mid-‘60s mod vibe and lots of room for dinner guests, plus a lower level with media and billiards rooms and a complete guest suite.
Well-known local fiber artist Linda Fowler also opens her doors this year. Her high-rise apartment in Goodale Landing features an open floor plan with a huge balcony overlooking the city. Examples of her artwork brighten the apartment, sharing room with pieces she’s amassed across four continents.
The preview tour runs from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday the 17th and is sponsored (sponsor). The $75 ticket includes a preview party from 6:30-9 p.m. at a gorgeous, newly renovated home on Goodale Park that will not be included on the general tour.
The general tour is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday the 18th. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of tour, and include access to a trolley shuttle bus.
Advance tickets are online at tickets.shortnorthcivic.org. The Short North Civic Association will also have a table for advance sales before its screening of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory in Goodale Park on Friday, September 16. Day-of-tour tickets will be sold in front of PNC Bank’s Short North branch, located at 763 Neil Ave.