Holiday Tour of Homes set for Dec. 13
The Tour of Homes will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec.13. Tickets are $10 and available in advance at the Visitors’ Center, 200 E. Main St., as well as at each home the day of the tour.
“We are very excited about the four beautiful homes being featured this year,” said Patsy Hallman, co-chair of the Tour of Homes committee. “The homes on this year’s tour are just outstanding, we are certain this will be the best year ever.” The homeowners have been hard at work decorating their homes since early this fall.
The featured homes are:
1. Jack and Doris Ledbetter, 2517 Glen Hollow Dr.
This contemporary house was built in the 1970s by Henry Schmidt and later it was redesigned by Carl Maynard, AIA, and Jerry Sutton, AIA, for the McGough Family. In 2006, the Ledbetters bought the 9000 sq. ft. house and made extensive renovations to both house gardens. Contemporary furnishings and dramatic holiday decorations made this a must-tour house. The Ledbetters are active in the community and they are happy to share their beautiful house and grounds with Nacogdoches. Christmas decorations were designed and implemented by their daughter, Lisa Ledbetter Vella.
2. Kenneth and Gloria Durr, 3723 Tudor
This 2-story house was built by the Durrs in 1973. It was especially designed to meet the needs of a family of seven: three daughters and two sons. Dr. Gloria Durr, retired chair of The Department of Human Sciences at SFASU, recently redecorated the entire house. The home accommodates large family gatherings as well as large groups frequently entertained in the Durr home. The beautifully appointed house is set in a garden that enhances the whole neighborhood. Christmas decorations are especially delightful – ones people will not want to miss seeing during this holiday season. Of particular interest to many people will be the family collection of holy figures.
3. Rachel Underwood, 3310 Huntington Circle
This beautifully appointed town house features unique uses of space. The outstanding art work, accessories, and decorative elements reflect the skills of a homeowner who has taught housing courses in SFASU’s Department of Human Sciences for many years. Antiques and exquisite art objects enhance the special Christmas decorations. The outdoor areas welcome visitors to enjoy well-tended and well-designed natural beauty. This home, in a quiet neighborhood, showcases Nacogdoches’ popular town houses and garden/patio homes.
4. Pattye Greer, 3320 Churchill Dr.
This contemporary Texas style house is the dream home of the late Hoover Greer. A family architect, Mandy Wright, worked with the Greers on the design, then Mr. Greer hand-picked each piece of lumber that went into the house, selecting choice logs as they came into the family lumber mill. The unique design of the kitchen accommodates entertaining for both family and community groups. Mrs. Greer’s work as an SFA Regent frequently brought university groups to dine in the exquisite Italian-furnished dining room. Throughout the house, visitors will find furniture purchased to complement each unique space. Among the appealing art work in the house is Pattye Greer’s portrait by Pam Hall.
5. The Old University Building
This building is a Texas State Historic Landmark, one of three in Nacogdoches that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Erected in 1858, The Old University Building is the only existent building which originally housed a university chartered under the Republic of Texas. Operated today by the Federation of Women’s Clubs as a public event facility and a museum, it is a must-see for any resident who is not familiar with this town treasure! Stop by for a cup of wassail and a tour of this historic place.
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