Last Chance for House Tour Feedback

Have you given PHW your feedback on the 2012 Holiday House Tour yet? PHW is preparing for a meeting next week to discuss what can be changed and improved for 2013. If you don’t respond by January 11, your feedback might not be included in the report. This is your chance to make some anonymous suggestions and should take just five to ten minutes at most to complete.

Again, thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at the 37th Holiday House Tour in 2013!

Holiday House Tour 2012 Feedback Survey

Did you attend Preservation of Historic Winchester’s Holiday House Tour this year? We are always striving to improve the tour experience, so we hope you will do us one more favor and complete this online survey to give us feedback on the guest experience of the tour. The survey should take five to ten minutes at most to complete.

Again, thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at the 37th Holiday House Tour in 2013!

Holiday House Tour Countdown

It’s almost time for PHW’s 36th Holiday House Tour! While the PHW Office has sold out of Preview Party (Saturday) tickets, you may still purchase them at the other ticket sale locations: Kimberly’s, The Winchester Book Gallery, The Final Yard, and on Saturday at the Bough and Dough Shop at the Winchester Little Theatre, 315 West Boscawen Street.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased or will purchase a ticket this year, or buys an item or greenery at the Bough and Dough Shop. You’re helping to preserve historic Winchester and having fun at the same time!

Holiday House Tour 2012: 201 South Braddock Street

201 South Braddock Street
John Chesson and Anne Schempp
House Chairman Sandra Bosley

Constructed circa 1810 with a Federal-style form, the building was altered in the 1840s to reflect the fashionable Greek Revival style. Samuel Noakes purchased the house and property in 1857. The house was altered again in the twentieth century for commercial use as the Peoples Barber Shop. The building is a mixture of limestone and brick covered with a low-pitched, side-gabled roof, covered with standing-seam metal. The house is currently undergoing renovation. Images of the process will be presented during the tour of the space.

Holiday House Tour 2012: 211 South Washington Street

211 South Washington Street
Erich and Kristin Bruhn
House Chairman Karen Clay

Historically known as the Richard Byrd Residence, this Federal-style dwelling was constructed in 1832 for the prominent Winchester lawyer and member of the Virginia House of Delegates of the same name. Built of Flemish-bond brick, the home is topped with a hipped roof featuring a central Palladian dormer window. The Federal-style entrance sports a fine elliptical fanlight and moldings. The Queen Anne-style porch embellished with a dentilated cornice and spindlework was added circa 1870. This house was willed to PHW by Mrs. Lucille Lozier, an early president of the organization. It is now owned by the Bruhns.

Holiday House Tour 2012: 205 South Washington Street

205 South Washington Street
Ardis Cullers
House Chairman Mark Lore

Constructed circa 1951 by Boyd Hamman, this one-and-one-half-story home was designed in the Colonial Revival style with a Cape Cod form. Two dormers, each with a front-gabled roof, extend from the eastern slope of the roof. The central bay on the façade contains a single-leaf, paneled wood door surrounded by four-light sidelights and a semi-elliptical fanlight. This was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Patton, who established Patton’s Furniture Sales in 1957. The most striking feature of the house’s decoration is the series of eight large and two small original Audubon engravings from the early 1800s, purchased from Arader Galleries in New York. They are from a series of books that James Audubon and Robert Havell created, intended to depict all birds and animals in North America.

Holiday House Tour 212: 103 South Washington Street

103 South Washington Street
Chuck Alton and Judith Omslaer
House Chairman John Barker

This Italianate style home was constructed circa 1880 for the Willis family. The elongated first-story windows, segmental brick arches, and modest detailing typifies domestic architecture in Winchester during this period. A centered, half-hipped bay typical of the Italianate form projects from the façade. Paired scrolled brackets, cornice returns an ogee-molded cornice, and jig-sawn brackets and pendants complete the Italianate styling.

Holiday House Tour 2012: 140 West Boscawen Street

140 West Boscawen Street
Christ Episcopal Church
House Chairman Chris Ferguson

Christ Episcopal Church has been in continuous use as a sacred site in Winchester since its construction in 1828. The Gothic Revival-style building is dominated by the three-story bell tower crowned with finials and quatrefoil balustrades. A pointed-arch accented with a flower motif surrounds the double-leaf paneled wood doors. Of particular interest and beauty are the stained glass windows, installed in the late 19th century by the Gernhart Company of Baltimore.

Holiday House Tour 2012: 230 West Boscawen Street

230 West Boscawen Street
New Lifestyles
House Chairman Lawrence Belkin

Known as the George Seevers Residence or the Holly House, this circa 1854 building was designed in the Greek Revival style with Italianate influences. The brick structure combines Greek Revival-style frieze windows and pedimented doorway surround with Italianate arched windows, brick quoins, and hood molds. Union General Banks used this building as his headquarters in 1862. The building was later owned by the various members of the Conrad family from 1879-1940 before being converted to office space. Today it is the business office for New Lifestyles.

PHW Will Trim Your Bushes

Do you have some evergreen trees and bushes you need trimmed? PHW volunteers will be happy to trim them for you, and we’ll even take away the clippings! How is this possible? PHW needs fresh greenery to sell at our Bough and Dough Shop and to decorate the homes for the Holiday House Tour. This is a major part of our fundraising efforts for the Holiday House Tour and a way we can give back to the community with some sweat equity. We are especially looking for:

  • Holly with berries
  • Nandina with berries
  • Magnolia

We will also cut some white pine, spruce, juniper, and other evergreens, as well as boxwood, for the Bough and Dough Shop. If you have some of these types of trees and bushes that could use a trim, contact PHW at 540-667-3577 or phwi@verizon.net and leave your name, address, and contact information.

Click here to see the Holiday House Tour 2012 brochure (PDF).
Click here for a map of the Holiday House Tour 2012 sites (JPEG).

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Holiday House Tour printing sponsor The Final Yard. Thank you for your support!