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Holiday Home Tour welcomes you to the neighborhoods of Medina

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MEDINA — The annual Holiday Home Tour will have a neighborly feel this year.

All five of the city’s neighborhoods will be represented during the tour set for noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2. The Medina Community Design Committee sponsors the tour.

Five unique homes, all decked out for the holiday season, will be on display.

“We’re really focused on the neighborhood,” said Michele Nichols, CDC chairwoman. “The square is beautiful. Some of the neighborhoods need help. There are some beautiful homes in these neighborhoods. Some of them just need some TLC.

Nichols said five new families have recently moved into the South Court Street Historic Neighborhood, where she resides. She said people on the tour can see how the homes have been updated and restored.

“We want younger people to come back to (live in) the city,” Nichols said.

Tickets are $15. Organizers ask those taking the self-guided tour to start at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 317 E. Liberty St., to pick up their booties, program and map.

If tour participants haven’t purchased their tickets, they can get them at the 200-year-old Gothic Revival Church. Refreshments will be available.

St. Paul’s is the only representative from the East Liberty Historic Neighborhood.

Presale tickets for the tour can be purchased at Cool Beans Cafe, 103 W. Liberty St.; the A.I. Root Candle Co., 623 W. Liberty St.; Miss Molly’s Tea Room, 140 W. Washington St.; and the Medina County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 23 Public Square, or at medinacommunitydesigncommittee.org.

Other stops on the tour:

  • South Court Street is well-represented on the holiday tour. The first is at 614 S. Court St., a restored vernacular farmhouse built during the Civil War in 1863. The original woodwork, Victorian parlor and garden room are unique features of this restored home.
  • The second house in the south end is a Victorian that was built in 1887 and is located at 522 S. Broadway St. It is the original childhood home of local historian Bob Hyde, who will be there with the current homeowners to share the history of the neighborhood and the home.
  • A 1905 farmhouse, located at 301 E. Friendship St., will represent Founders Way North. Visitors will be greeted with crystal snowflakes and adornments in every room.
  • A cottage built from a Sears Roebuck “Maplewood” kit in 1929 will be featured at 217 W. Homestead St. It will represent the Water Tower Neighborhood. It features a curved front door, window seats and built-ins to create its country charm.
  • The final stop will be at 431 W. Washington St., which will represent the Bankers Row Neighborhood. This home is a “sister home” that double-bracketed Italianates built side-by-side for the daughters of H.G. Blake, Old Phoenix National Bank president. This home was built in 1860 and has an impressive entry, parlor, ornamental staircase and a beautifully landscaped corner lot.
  • Also on the tour is the Town Hall and Engine House Museum, 50 Public Square. In 1967, this was the first building to be renovated by the Community Design Committee. The second floor of this building is undergoing final renovations for it to become a community room and the committee’s office.

Proceeds from the tour will go toward the Town Hall and Engine House Museum, Nichols said, and to purchase some of the giant flower pots around the city. The committee has been giving the some of the neighborhood associations a boost to get started.

A restored Victorian sleigh, once owned by the McDowell-Phillips family, will be on display at 205 S. Prospect St. where it once resided. Nichols said it’s the perfect holiday photo-op.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 441-7382 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com


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