2018 Newton House Tour Features Creative Renovations

Historic Newton’s 2018 Newton House Tour on May 20 invites the public into thoughtfully renovated homes that reflect historical details as well as creative, modern interpretations. Now in its 36th year, the much-anticipated annual tour showcases spectacular properties that are not usually open to the public. Each year the tour offers at least six different properties representing Newton’s rich and varied architectural heritage.

Tourgoers this year will find a wide range of architectural styles in the six properties on the tour. There is a grand, meticulously restored 1896 Shingle style home on Commonwealth Avenue and an unusual Arts & Crafts stucco home with eaves detailed to mimic a thatched roof. A modern Chestnut Hill home uses stone, wood and glass to connect indoor and outdoor spaces. The tour also includes two architect-owned homes with different approaches to design. One owner took a classic split level and created a light and airy contemporary interior while another maintained the feel of his late 19th century home but then overlaid steampunk decor. The tour will also offer a rare glimpse of an historic chapel with exceptional period stained glass, added to a residence that was transformed into a school.

“Newton’s villages seem to have an endless supply of architectural wonders and Historic Newton is pleased to provide the opportunity to peek behind the scenes. The eclecticism of this year’s selections is sure to please!” said Executive Director Lisa Dady.

The tour is held Sunday, May 20 from noon to 5 p.m. To order advance tickets for the tour, $35 per person, click here. For information, call  (617) 796-1450. Tickets cost $40 on the day of the tour. Historic Newton members receive a $5 discount on each ticket. Buy tickets for a Mother’s Day gift and plan to take the tour with your mom.

Special thanks to the tour’s lead sponsor, The Village Bank.