Home tours end fantasies of how the other half lives, even if they possess domestic luxuries such as stained glass windows, flying buttresses or a magician hiding in the pantry. See new tricks in an old light with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one ticket to the 2011 Historic Homes Tour (a $10 value) during the annual Strathmore Festival held on June 18. The self-guided tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hosted by the Onondaga Park Association, the Historic Homes Tour annually attracts more than a thousand architecturally minded meanderers to the Strathmore neighborhood for a look inside some of its most historic abodes. Each year, a smattering of homeowners graciously open their doors to strangers who scope interiors once all the butter dishes and silver have been hidden. Ticket holders may begin their self-guided tour after 10 a.m., traversing to vintage addresses that include 173 Parkside Avenue, 130 Beverly Drive, 345 Clairmonte Avenue, 132 Stolp Avenue, and the Huntley Building at 407 Stolp Avenue, a historically renovated apartment complex. While visiting, wanderers can engage homeowners in structural sparring matches, inquiring about the irreplaceable character of their late 19th and early 20th century homes. Many stately stone creations boast the swagger of craftsman-style bungalows, dapper four-squares, distinctive colonial revivals, and old world Tudors.
In addition to touring historic homes, festival attendees can prowl approximately 30 local porches for the annual Art on the Porches event, where local artists hawk dozens of pieces for your wall or your artistically savvy tabby cat. Gear up for the historic crawl the evening before with free admission to the June 17 pre-party, hosted on the park festival grounds from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Here, Wegman's sandwiches, Gannon's ice cream, and kernels of Frank Lloyd Wright's wisdom will all be available for purchase.
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