The South End Historical Society is holding its 45th annual South End House Tour, “Back to our Roots,” on Saturday, October 19th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. First organized in 1967, the South End House Tour is the oldest continually offered tour of its kind in Boston and features an inside look at restored and renovated townhouses in the largest Victorian row house district in the United States.
The Tour is bound to be a favorite of anyone interested in home design, architecture, restoration, history, or preservation. Armed with a guidebook that includes descriptions of the private homes and a map, participants can walk the route at their own pace.
This year the tour is being offered from a new perspective. At 45 years old, the House Tour itself has become an historic institution in the neighborhood. The homes on this year's tour reflect the spirit of the very first House Tours, giving us the opportunity to look at the history of the Tour itself.
The Tour was first organized in 1967 to draw attention to the architectural significance of the neighborhood and to inspire others to take on the task of restoring row houses. When you walk this year's tour, each of the featured homes will present a different take on the classic South End renovation story, including an art-filled, newly converted, single-family rowhouse and a completely unique look at the development of a non-traditional residential space.
The annual House Tour is just one of the ways the SEHS raises funds to continue to encourage and compile research, and to advocate for preservation of the South End's historic buildings, monuments, and public spaces.
Tickets for the Tour are $25 in advance and are available at www.southendhistoricalsociety.org or by calling 617-536-4445. Tickets will also be available on the day of the Tour for $30 each at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street and at Rondeau-Tierney Real Estate, 69 Appleton Street.