On May 21 from noon to 5 pm, owners of distinctive private homes in Newton open their doors and welcome the public inside for the Newton House Tour. Now in its 35th year, the much-anticipated annual tour showcases a selection of styles in architecture as well as interior design. Tourgoers will find examples of outstanding historic preservation as well as creative modern interpretations. The variety celebrates Newton’s rich architectural heritage.
The 2017 tour features six homes. The oldest is an 1871 Second Empire in a Newtonville neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places. The other houses on the tour represent a range of styles, including a Tudor near Lasell College and a Second Empire in Newton Centre with a carefully preserved exterior and extensively renovated interior. In Newton Corner, a Queen Anne with a total exterior makeover and nicely appointed interior reflects thoughtful renovation. The tour also includes an example of condo living in Newton Centre, and a Queen Anne in Newton Highlands with notable woodworking, glass and tile details.
Many people go on the tour each year because a different selection of homes is offered each time. “I love seeing the modern updates to old homes,” one tourgoer said.
Order advance tickets for the tour here, $35 per person and $30 for Historic Newton members, or by calling (617) 796-1450. Tickets cost $40 on the day of the tour and $35 for Historic Newton members. The tour is part of the Newton Festival of the Arts. Special thanks to the tour's lead sponsor, the Village Bank.