Home Tour 2023: Something for Every Taste and Interest 

BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour is coming up on Sun., May 21, 12 to 5 p.m. 

Five fabulous private homes and a local institution will open their doors for hundreds of visitors curious to get an inside look at some of our community’s most beautiful places. This year’s homes highlight how neighbors have preserved the best of our historic community’s architecture by maintaining unique interior details while making updates designed for today’s lifestyles. 

“This year’s tour reflects a wide diversity of architecture and decorating styles as well as the creative coexistence of original and new construction,” said Home Tour Coordinator Katie Durkin. “There is something for ever taste and interest.”  

Sites include: 

A 140 year old Victorian home that was divided into a duplex for many decades before the current owners undertook a complete restoration, turning the house into their single family dream home. 

An elegant Tudor Revival style home from the 1920s where the beautiful original woodwork was meticulously restored and an expansive new kitchen addition created for a young family with a Dad who loves to cook. 

A simply beautiful frame Four Square that was the family home of the owner who moved back from the West Coast to purchase and renovate the house. 

A stunning 1915 brick home rich in architectural details including three sunrooms, a tiled roof, and an outstanding hand carved fireplace mantel. It’s a contributing building in the Ridge Historic District. 

A gracious center-entrance Georgian built in 1924 where the current owners have taken painstaking care to mesh the beauty of the past with the style and amenities perfect for a busy family. 

BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour admission includes complimentary tastings, entertainment, and experiences. Tour locations are open from 12 to 5 p.m. All tours are self-guided and must begin by 3 p.m. 

Tours begin this year at St. Barnabas School, 10121 S. Longwood Dr., where anew education center was designed to mesh with the original school building. The school’s website boasts, “Where tradition meets innovation,” and that’s how we feel when we visit the new school area… Completed in 2021, the addition includes a new main office and main entrance with double security measures, along with a wellness center and other meeting rooms. The new construction also enabled the creation of an outdoor classroom space between the addition and the original building. The parish school building was completed in 1959.  

Volunteers are needed to assist inside the Home Tour homes, directing visitors, answering questions about the community and their house in which they are located, serving food and beverage tastings from local businesses, and generally sharing neighborhood hospitality with everyone they meet. Volunteer shifts are two hours and 45 minutes and volunteers get free admission to the tour on their off-shift. For more information, email bapa@bapa.org; to sign up as a volunteer, visit bapa.org and follow the prompts under the volunteer tab.  

‘Volunteers are the cornerstone of a successful Home Tour,” said Home Tour Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Sanders. “They are the representatives of our unique community who enjoy meeting new people, and bragging about how great it is to live in Beverly/Morgan Park.”    

Tickets: BAPA members: $30 in advance or $35 at the door; non-members, $35 in advance or $40 at the door. 

Information about BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour is available at, 773-233-3100, bapa@bapa.org, or bapa.org.    

 

 

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