Annual Christmas Candlelight Tours of Homes

Need holiday decorating ideas or simply want to admire great architecture and interior design? Be inspired at the 32nd Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes on Sunday, December 2nd and Monday, December 3rd from 6-9 pm, sponsored by The Old House Guild of Sandusky. Five private homes, The Calvary Temple, Follett House Museum, and the Cooke House will be featured.

1. The Calvary Temple, 115 E. Washington Row – Formerly Western Security Bank. The congregation held its first service in the building in 1975. The historic 40 x 90 banking room with pure Italian marble and hand-carved gold leaf Renaissance ceiling was converted into the sanctuary.

2. Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne St. – Built in 1834-1837 by one of Sandusky’s most prominent citizens, it is of Greek Revival style in limestone. It is filled with Sandusky and area memorabilia. Punch and cookies will be served both nights of the tour.

3. Eleutheros Cooke House, 1415 Columbus Ave. – Built by Sandusky’s first lawyer in 1843-1844. It moved to its present location in 1878. Greek Revival architecture in limestone with an especially fine doorway, it contains the furnishings and collections of the last owners, Estelle and Randolph Dorn.

4. 126 1/2 Columbus Ave. – This apartment is currently vacant but is featured on the tour to show the community what living in downtown Sandusky is like. It is located on the third floor of the Donahue building. The entire building has been restored with the first floor accommodating retail. The 2800 sq. ft. apartment on the third floor was completed in 2012.

5. Elizabeth Russell, 207 1/2 W. Water St. – Located in the heart of downtown Sandusky, this three story (cr 1835) was originally used for commercial business. It was sold in 1980 and the restoration process began. Six, two-story apartments are located on the second floor. Decor at this location include family treasures, antiques, a drop leaf cherry table, art work, and more.

6. Dale & Teresita Miller, 221 E. Washington St. – Construction on this Dutch Colonial home began in 1902 and was completed in 1908. It has three unique fireplaces, a large living room and master bedroom, and secret drawers.

7. David & Cindy Brink, 1214 Ogontz St. – This is the Lyman House, built in 1951 for William Lyman, owner of Lyman Boat Works. It is a two-story brick house with ‘lyman’ mahogany throughout, including the fireplace and an archway that opens up the living and dining rooms.

8. Sarah & Mia Brown, 620 Meigs St. – This house originally faced The Calvary Church and was used as living quarters for the parish pastors. It was built in the early 1900′s. Extensive remodeling was done in 2007.

Tickets are $10/person and are available at the following locations: Bailey’s Country Shoppe, Barnes Nursery (Huron), The Cooke House, Corso’s Flower & Garden Center, Flowerama, The Follett House Museum and Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center – East.

Tickets will also be available the nights of the Tour at the Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne St., Sandusky, Ohio.

For more information please contact The Old House Guild office at 419.627.0640.

Tip: Bring a bag! Guests are often asked to remove their shoes while touring a home. A bag makes handy storage and allows you to exit without returning to the entrance to retrieve your footwear. Also, dress in light layers – you don’t want to carry heavy coats with you.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy Sandusky’s finest “homes for the holidays!”

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