Home Tour a Hit!
By: David Gemperle
Magnolia Glen was magnificent! On a warm, sunny September 17, approximately 150 people joined us for our first annual Home Tour.
The tour showcased the wonderful neighborhood of Magnolia Glen and eight of its fine old houses. The homes featured on the tour were built between 1895 and 1910 and reflected such diverse building styles as Craftsman, Queen Anne with Victorian styling and Prairie.
Obviously, the tour would not have been possible without the generosity of the people who allowed their homes to be featured. Most of the proud owners of these homes also graciously served as hosts and tour guides.
Special thanks go to Pastor Donald Smith and Joyce Brannon of Bethany Lutheran Church. The church served as the starting point of the tour and we were treated to a view of its harmonious and peaceful interior architecture. Bethany Lutheran was founded in 1905 and Joyce displayed an extensive collection of church memorabilia.
Thanks also to Thom Greene of Presentation Design Associates, for his excellent pen-and-ink drawings of the homes for the tour booklet, and the 34 fine businesses and friends of Edgewater who acted as sponsors and patrons.
And finally, many thanks to JoAnn Holmes and the committee she organized and led so ably. This wonderful event drew on the talents and efforts of many people: house finders and house researchers, writers and artists, list makers and list keepers, publicists and pamphleteers, typists and tour guides, money collectors and money spenders; EHS has ‘em all!