110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Tickets still available for tour, exclusive preview tonight
posted Dec 10, 2010 - 11:30:30am
Take a peek inside 10 historic holiday-decorated structures in the West Volusia Historical Society's tour Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12.
The homes and other buildings are all in the Downtown DeLand area. Most of them are in DeLand's Northwest Historic District, north of New York Avenue and west of Florida Avenue.
The tour takes place 1-6 p.m. both days. Tickets, which cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door, are good both days. Those on the tour can take as much time as they like at each stop, and may split their visits over the two days.
One stop, the Athens Theatre, at 124 N. Florida Ave., will be open to tourists only on Saturday.
The hub of the tour will be the Historical Society's headquarters at 137 W. Michigan Ave. There, parking will be available, the gift shop will be open, and shuttles will stop by frequently to take tour participants to the stops. This is also the place to buy tickets. Call 386-740-6813.
There are some tickets still available for an exclusive preview tour planned tonight, Friday, Dec. 10. Between 6:45 and 9:45 p.m., attendees at the preview will be treated to a dessert party at the DeLand House on Michigan Avenue, and an escorted, private tour of the homes. Tickets to this event cost $30.
The biennial DeLand tour is a fundraiser for the West Volusia Historical Society.
Stops on this year's DeLand tour are:
1. The Henry DeLand House at 137 W. Michigan Ave. This home is restored and serves as a museum of West Volusia history. An adjacent building provides space for classes, seminars and the Historical Society's headquarters and gift shop.
2. The Witt Residence at 314 W. Minnesota Ave. Built in 1895, this home was purchased by St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in 1899 and served as its first rectory.
3. The Belcher/Owens Residence at 505 W. Minnesota Ave. This expansive Colonial Revival home dates from the early 1920s. Each of three bedrooms is decorated in a different period: Empire, Victorian and 1880s, and 1895 Old Paris and Victorian.
4. The Salkaus Residence at 516 N. Clara Ave. Built in 1893 by the Wilson brothers, the first surveyors and tax collectors in DeLand, this home features 10-foot ceilings and four working fireplaces.
5. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church at 319 W. Wisconsin Ave. This beautiful Gothic Revival church has been enlarged several times. Fourteen of the stained-glass windows were designed and executed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his associates.
6. The Patterson Residence at 215 N. Clara Ave. Built in 1917 by J.W. Roseborough, with Colonial Revival and Prairie influences, this stately home once served as a rooming house.
7. The Seilkop Residence at 320 W. Rich Ave. This home was built about 1907 by businessman Fred W. Smith, in the Colonial Revival style. It was once owned and occupied by Stetson University law-school dean Austin Rasco and his wife, Annie.
8. The Dutton House at 332 W. New York Ave. Restoration by a nonprofit community group began in 2004 on this 1910 home built for John Welsey Dutton, a naval-store owner.
9. Ryan Insurance at 302 W. New York Ave. Built in 1908, this building is the only one of four homes built that year at the intersection of New York and Clara avenues. Once known as the Haynes Guest House, it was restored by Sean and Linda Ryan to house their insurance office.
10. The Athens Theatre at 124 N. Florida Ave. (Saturday only.) Built in 1921, the theater that once hosted the stars of vaudeville was restored to service by great community effort, and reopened in January 2009.
Those attending the 2010 Tour of Historic DeLand Homes and Structures are reminded not to wear high-heeled shoes, which can damage wood floors, and not to bring food or drink into the homes.
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