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South End house tour explores neighborhood's history

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  October 2, 2012 01:50 PM

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History, home design, restoration, and architecture buffs can peak into some of the restored and renovated private homes and public spaces of the South End as part of the South End Historical Society’s annual house tour.

The society’s 44th annual South End House Tour, “Private Homes and Public Spaces” is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tour, the oldest continually offered tour of its kind in Boston offers an inside look at restored and renovated private homes in what is billed as the largest Victorian row house district in the United States.

“The best part about the House Tour is that each year we see something different and learn something new about the South End”, Hope Shannon, executive director of the society, said in a statement. “One of the most important aspects of the House Tour is to remind people that the neighborhood has seen a long and varied past. History did not start and stop with the Victorian era in the South End.”

The self-guided tour will take participants from a sleek and contemporary reinterpretation of a rowhouse to a family-friendly, traditional Victorian home, and will offer one of the last views of the interior of one neighborhood church in its original state before it is converted into condos.

The society first organized the tour in 1967 to draw attention to the neighborhood’s architectural significance, inspire the restoration of row houses, and advocate for preservation.

“The House Tour is a great way to celebrate the South End,” said Shannon. “Whether you delight in seeing fine historic architectural details, are seeking design inspiration, or simply want to get a glimpse of beautiful private South End interiors—there is truly something for everyone on this tour.”

Tickets for the tour are $25 in advance are available online or by calling 617-536-4445. Tickets on the day of the tour will be $30 and will be available at the Boston Center for the Arts and Rondeau-Tierney Real Estate.

Funds raised by the tour support the society’s efforts to conduct neighborhood research and advocate for the preservation of the South End’s historic buildings, monuments, and public spaces.
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