On Sunday, May 19 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. Tickets are now on sale. Now in its 37th 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 decor. The variety celebrates Newton’s rich architectural heritage.
The 2019 tour features seven properties. Two of this year’s houses started out as stables but were converted into residences over 100 years ago. The current owners of each home have created or selected original artwork to display throughout the rooms. A 1920s bungalow is also filled with original artwork as well as mid-century modern furniture. A gilded-age, English Tudor mansion features ornate plaster ceilings, floor to ceiling wood paneling, and elaborately decorated and carved wooden staircases.
Also included in the tour are two 19th century homes which in the recent past have seen sympathetic alterations by noted architects. The first is an elegant Colonial Revival home with a new porte-cochere that cleverly uses its roof as a deck. The second is a front gabled Queen Anne with a charming dining nook and mudroom addition. Also featured on the tour is a beautifully restored 1881 Stick-style house with a square tower and a wrap-around porch with an original, Asian-inspired balustrade.
The tour begins at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton; pick up a map and go at your own pace. Advance tickets for the tour, $35 per person and $30 for Historic Newton members, may be ordered through newtonma.gov/housetour. Tickets on the day of the tour cost $40 per person and $35 for Historic Newton members. For information, call 617-796-1450.
Special thanks to the tour’s lead sponsor, the Village Bank.