Eight houses will be featured on the tour. (courtesy oldhousesociety.org)
By Michael J. Whelan
No, the title of this piece doesn’t refer to some civil demonstration in our nation’s capitol.
I’m in fact referring to an opportunity to treat yourselves to a leisurely walk down East Washington Street from Towanda Avenue eastward on Saturday, June 8th, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. to actually tour seven of the nicest homes this street offers, because it’s time for The Old House Society’s annual house tour!
How many times have we all driven, walked, or ridden our bicycles along this scenic stretch of Bloomington and admired all these gorgeous houses and wondered who lived in them? And admit it, haven’t we all thought what these places must look like on the inside, and how cool it would be to live in one of them?
Well, not many of us can claim to be that lucky, but now we can all indulge our fantasies and enjoy the charm, the architecture, the history, and the beauty of them, up close and personal.
These stately homes were built when pride of craftsmanship was of primary importance, long before our houses were built in thirty days or so by people to whom it is just a job, not a calling.
For more information about the tour, please tune in this coming Tuesday, May 14th, at 4:40 P.M., when I will be on the air with Jim Fitzpatrick to talk all about it in detail. Until then, mark your calendars and save the date. You won’t regret it.