Annual Christmas Candlelight Tours of Homes

Need holiday decorating ideas or simply want to admire great architecture and interior design? Be inspired at the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes on Sunday, December 7th and Monday, December 8th from 6-9 pm, sponsored by The Old House Guild of Sandusky. Six private residences as well as the Cooke-Dorn House and Follett House Museum will be featured. Cooke-Dorn House

1. Cooke-Dorn House, 1415 Columbus Ave. – Built by Sandusky’s first lawyer in 1843-1844. It moved to its present location in 1879. Greek Revival architecture in limestone with an especially fine doorway, it contains the furnishings and collections of the last owners, Estelle and Randolph Dorn. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet folks in the driveway.

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

3. Kevin & Julie Youskievicz, 1416 Ogontz St. – This home was built in 1967 as a ranch-style home and was owned by former city manager Stuart Gosser and his wife Alice.

4. Paula Lagrass, 1127 Erie Blvd. – This house was built in 1927 by Mr. Brownworth as a “show home” to demonstrate what other homes in the area would look like.

5. Todd & Holly Taylor, 1419 Marlboro St. – Built in 1928, this home features rounded door frames, hardwood flooring, and tile roof.

6. Albert “AJ” Fresch, 527 Columbus Ave. – Built in 1855 (or possibly earlier) by William Farrell and Thomas Dempsey from Ireland.

7. John Taylor, 622 Hancock St. – This house was originally built as a welding shop and separate apartment in 1928. Extensive remodeling began in 1995. The property has been featured on HGTV’s Extreme Homes, as well as Cleveland Magazine, Ohio Magazine, and North Coast Living.

8. Cody & Jennifer Goff, 323 E. Adams St. – Built in 1873 by John Holland, this home still retains the original “411” address in the stained glass over the front door from an earlier street numbering system and a copper bathtub in the downstairs bathroom.

Tickets are $12/person in advance and $15/person the days of the tour and are available at the following locations: Bailey’s Home Decor Shoppe, Barnes Nursery (Huron), Corso’s Flower & Garden Center, Flowerama, Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center – East, and Sandusky Library Gift Shop.

Tickets will also be available the nights of the tour at The Cooke-Dorn House and Follett House Museum.

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

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

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.


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