VOL. 115 | NO. 48 | Tuesday, March 13, 2001
By JENNIFER MURLEY
Home tour puts Evergreen District on display
By JENNIFER MURLEY
The Daily News
A unique blend of five old and new homes with distinctly European characters will be featured on the 2001 Evergreen Historic District Home Tour.
The tour is 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 22. Tickets, which are available at Le Marche, 200 Evergreen St.; Burkes Books, 1710 Poplar Ave.; Deliberate Literate, 1997 Union Ave.; 1910 Frameworks, 2029 Union; and Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Road; are $6 in advance and $8 the day of the tour.
Although two of the homes included on the tour are older homes, the three others are less than a decade old, built in the wake of the infamous Interstate 40 construction.
"We were trying to bring in the old and the new since were right in the corridor," said Zee Cox, coordinator of the 2001 home tour. "We chose that particular area because of its uniqueness."
The home of Joan and Terry Barham, 410 N. McLean Blvd., sets the tone for the tour, which is being dubbed the "Spanish Autumn" tour since most of the homes are located on Autumn.
Built in 1922 by architect James Broadwell, the Barhams home was actually one of two Spanish villas on the corner of Autumn Avenue and McLean.
Surrounded by a pink stucco wall, the Barham home is a throwback to 19th century Spain replete with lush landscaping, weathered fountains, arched doorways and original sculpture reliefs carved in the front facade.
Details such as the original front door unlike any other on the tour with a pane of glass protected by delicate wooden spindles, the dominating sculpture relief fireplace mantle rubbed with a warm auburn stain and the mile-high, faux-finished wooden ceilings of the great room make this home a must see.
The Barhams, who bought the home in 1992, have been working since to restore it to its original splendor, while at the same time making it more accessible.
For instance, the kitchen has been updated to open more space and incorporate a laundry room. But, theyve also added many personal touches such as wrought iron chandeliers and ceramic tiling along the walls and floors accentuating the Spanish motif.
"Were flattered that they asked us to be in the tour," Joan Barham said. "Weve put a lot of heart and soul into this project. It was just a lot of work."
On the other hand, Edsel and Barbara Craft, who own the home at 1826 Autumn, wanted a home that required no work.
"I always wanted to live in Midtown, and we just feel lucky to have found this home," said Barbara Craft. "It was new and (my husband) doesnt have to worry about fixing it up."
Their home, built in the early 1990s, also has a Mediterranean appearance with a simple pale gray stucco finish, and a small, yet cool and clandestine, portico entrance.
Once inside, the home emanates an elegant simplicity in keeping with the Crafts "minimalist" sense of style.
The eggshell-colored walls stretching up to 10.5 feet, house multitudes of bare windows filtering in the soft natural light. Blond hardwood floors and a wide breezy hallway maintain the sparse airy feel of the home.
The kitchen, which is uniquely European with rows of plain white cabinets lining the entire east wall of the room, overlooks a landscaped courtyard situated in the center of the home.
The courtyard oddly contrasts with the modern feel of the home, providing the Crafts with the best of both worlds. A New Orleans-style fountain, surrounded by vines climbing up the side of the home, coupled with a patio of natural stones spaced apart by moss, lend an Old World feel to the contemporary home.
Other homes on the tour include the home of Jerry and Kitty Sansing at 1850 Autumn. The Sansing home, which is a newer Spanish-style home sitting adjacent to the Barhams on Autumn, is a modern interpretation of the 1920s home built by George Mahan that fell prey to the I-40 corridor project.
At 1891 Autumn, the Colonial Revival home of Virginia and Craig Connors will be featured. The Connors home, built in the early 1920s, includes original stained-glass work, as well as an original one-story sun porch.
The final home on the tour, at 1830 Autumn, is also the newest home. Completed in 2000, the home of Mabel and Van Himel is an expanded four-square reminiscent of many older Evergreen homes. Details such as an etched-glass doorway contribute to the traditionally unique architecture of the neighborhood.
The Evergreen Historical District was placed on the National Register of Historic Districts in 1985. The neighborhood has been hosting home tours off and on for the past 14 years.
Cox said although the home tour involves a lot of work on behalf of the homeowners, the opportunity to show off their neighborhood outweighs the hassle.
"Were so proud of the Evergreen District because its such a great family neighborhood," Cox said.