Home Tour Spotlights Historic Neighborhood

by Joy Donovan on April 19, 2011

Historic homes will be open to the public during the Fairmount Tour of Homes May 7 through 8.

FORT WORTH _  The  Fairmount Tour of Homes, set for May 7 through 8, will highlight the history of one of the Southwest’s largest historic districts.

Festivities for this Mother’s Day weekend event will include the Fairmount neighborhood tour, which will take palce from noon to 6 p.m. both days, and a neighborhood parade will kick-off the activities at 10 a.m. May 7. The event will feature an expanded artist fair with local artists and craftspeople showcasing their goods at the Welcome Pavilion, located at Zio Carlo – Magnolia Brew Pub.

Located in the heart of Fort Worth and covering nearly a square mile, the Fairmount Southside Historic District contains s collection of turn-of-the-century houses. Fairmount, comprised of 20 subdivisions platted between 1883 and 1907, was a fashionable and thriving neighborhood in the 1920s. Today, through the efforts of many residents, the area is being revitalized and restored. Fairmount was recently featured in the January 2010 issue of Southern Living as one of “The South’s Best Comeback Neighborhoods.” For more information, visit www.historicfairmount.com.

This year’s tour will showcase multiple restored homes, plus a renovated commercial property and new construction built in a historic style. Also featured will be a “work in progress” home to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at home restoration.

“We’re featuring a wide variety of properties this year,” said Chelsie Thornton, co-director of the event. “It’s such a treat to see inside these places and learn about their architectural history.” 

Fairmount Bike Taxi will provide complimentary pedi-cab service between tour stops. Those hoping to grab a quick bite during the event can either visit one of Magnolia Avenue’s many restaurants or the food truck rally that will take up temporary residence in the parking lot of SiNiCa Glass Studios. 

“Our goal is for visitors to leave with a sense of what makes Fairmount such a great place to live,” said Ashley Paz, event co-director. “Part of its appeal is that it’s become such a walkable, urban neighborhood while maintaining its historical roots.”

Proceeds of the tour benefit the Fairmount Neighborhood Association, a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to preserve, restore and maintain the Fairmount neighborhood and surrounding historic district.

Tickets are available in advance for $12 at Old Neighborhood Grill, Old Home Supply House, Montgomery Street Antique Mall, Butler’s Antiques and online at www.historicfairmount.com. Tickets may be purchased for $18 on event days at the Welcome Pavilion located at Zio Carlo – Magnolia Brew Pub on Magnolia Avenue.

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