The six houses on the December 8th tour range in style from a new English country manor, to Arts and Crafts, to Prarie, to Modern Minimalist. Each house will be staffed with volunteer ‘hostesses’ to enhance your tour experience with details about the houses and their interiors.
Presented by the Museum Council, Celebrating Timeless Classics will feature two homes in Wilmington, three in Chadds Ford, and one in West Chester, and each is newly constructed or recently renovated by some of the area’s most prominent builders and architects.
The houses were selected in partnership with tour sponsors Dewson Construction, Period Architecture and Porter Construction. The self-guided tour spans from the Delaware Art Museum area to southern Chester County, making this tour a delightful all-day outing for groups of friends and couples.
An optional luncheon at Greenville Country Club, a former manor house featuring Tudor Revival and English Medieval influences, adds yet another grand house interior to the list.
A glimpse of “Fox Hollow” from the Delaware Art Museum Council’s Holiday House Tour Program:
From the materials of construction to the fine decorating elements, this Porter Construction house is a stylish blend of old and new.
In designing this stately home, West Chester-based architect Richard Buchanan started with the foundation and a few partially intact stone walls of a 1990’s house that was destroyed in a fire. Original materials were reclaimed and reused in the new construction where possible. Locally sourced Brandywine granite and the cedar shake roof present a clean yet striking façade in harmony with the surrounding woods.
An arched eyebrow roof over the front door represents both the amazing craftsmanship and the charming allure that pervade this residence. Inside, tall ceilings, arched inset doorways, and the use of built-in cabinetry create a refined yet welcoming atmosphere. The décor and interior design, developed and detailed by the homeowner herself, Inci Porter of Porter Design Group, gives each room its own personality.
The previous Holiday House Tour sold out. So interested tour-goers are encouraged to purchase tour and lunch tickets in advance. Tickets are available online until November 30 at delartholidayhousetour.org, at the Delaware Art Museum front desk and at these area locations with cash or check:
Everything But The Kitchen Sink in Hockessin
Janssen’s Market in Greenville
Old Country Gardens in North Wilmington
Purple Sage Herbs & Gifts in Middletown
Studio 882 Furniture + Design in Glen Mills
This year marks the 31st house tour sponsored by the Delaware Art Museum Council. Ticket sales will support the Museum’s outreach programs that bring art into the community and the community to the arts, including the Red Apple Fund for student class trips and art scholarships.