Preservation Greensboro’s Seventh Annual Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens will feature a selection of vintage homes in the Fisher Park neighborhood in May as part of National Historic Preservation Month. The tour will highlight stunning features of early twentieth-century architecture that include key themes in American architecture. Participants will gain insights into local history, horticulture, and design.
“Fisher Park is referenced as one of the state’s premier streetcar suburbs,” says Benjamin Briggs, Executive Director of Preservation Greensboro. “It was launched with the dedication of Greensboro’s streetcar line in 1902, and the gift of the central park space led to the Gate City’s first official public park space. In addition to social history, the neighborhood features textbook examples of twentieth-century architecture designed by regionally and nationally prominent architects ranging from Hobart Upjohn, to Greensboro’s own Wells Brewer, Harry Barton, and Charles Hartmann.”
The houses on the 2016 tour included:
- The Katherine and Sidney J. Stern Residence
- The Daisy and Charles C. Hudson Residence
- The Cora and Major John E. Rossell Residence
- The McAdoo-Sanders-Tatum Residence
- The Mary Joanna and Clement G. Wright Residence
Tickets: Tickets for the historic home tour are on sale at Blandwood Mansion at 447 West Washington Street, and online at preservationgreensboro.org. Advanced tickets for non-PGI members are $20 and for PGI members $15 (only available at Blandwood and online.) All weekend-of tickets are $25 and can be purchased at any tour home; credit cards are only accepted at House #1. Online and advanced ticket sales end Friday, May 18th at 5pm.
How it works: The tour is a self-guided tour in which participants may explore each site on their own pace. Informed tour docent guides will be stationed throughout the homes to answer questions and to help you make your way through. Don’t be shy about asking questions!
Getting Around: Upon arrival, you will be provided a tour magazine guide that you may use to learn more about the history of the community. A tour map will be included in the program guide for navigation. All of the houses are around 5 minutes apart.
Walking and Biking: Fisher Park is an early twentieth-century neighborhood with narrow streets and ample sidewalks. It is a wonderful walking and biking neighborhood.
Food and Shopping: Fisher Park is a residential community, but close to neighborhood restuarants and shops. Please consult our guide for convenient restuarants. Once you are touring, please do not bring food or drinks into the houses.
If you love vintage homes and look forward to Preservation Greensboro’s 7th Annual Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens in Fisher Park, we have a special opportunity for you! Why not help Preservation Greensboro’s premier fundraising event by buying a Patron’s PLUS ticket? The PLUS includes exclusive access to additional Irving Park sites through a series of special events.
PLUS tickets include regular passes to all homes open during tour weekend.
The tour is the flagship fundraiser for Preservation Greensboro. We hope you will consider supporting our mission through a Patrons PLUS ticket and associated events!
Eat Fisher Park!
Fisher Park is an early twentieth-century neighborhood close to numerous restaurants and shops. In recognition of this intimate and walkable community, consider walking to nearby restaurants for a meal during your tour! Please check your your tour guide for local businesses to enjoy a refreshment or meal before, during, or after the tour!
PS: enjoy a picnic in the classic Fisher Park itself!
- Wear comfortable shoes. Do not wear high heels, as they may damage the floors.
- Event is rain or shine. Dress accordingly.
- Leave pets at home; no food or drink allowed in homes.
- Children must have a ticket and be accompanied by an adult at all times; no strollers or backpacks allowed in homes.
- No photography allowed in any format, sketch and notebooks are allowed.
- Respect the homeowners privacy and do not open closed doors or touch personal items.
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