2018 Home Tour Kickoff

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – May 23, 2018 – The Heritage Hills neighborhood home tour steering committee is pleased to announce October 13th and 14th for the 2018 Heritage Hills Historic Home Tour. The tour honors historic homes and urban living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Tour hours are 12 pm to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

For 52 years, some of Oklahoma City’s most historic homes have been featured during the annual Heritage Hills Historic Home Tour. This year’s tour offers the opportunity for guests to view five of Oklahoma City’s most beautiful historic residences, not usually open to the public.

Residents opening their homes are: Autumn and Rob Abernathy, 431 NW 17th; Mr. and Mrs. James Bozarth, 215 NW 20th Street; Maureen and James Watson, 322 NW 15th Street; Renate and Chuck Wiggin, 301 NW 18th Street; and Kathy Williams and John Michael Williams, 710 NW 14th Street.

Heritage Hills Historic Preservation District is the oldest preservation district in the city, and as a neighborhood, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1969. The 362 houses that comprise Heritage Hills range from 20,000 square-foot mansions to picture postcard bungalows. Most were built before 1930. This year’s magnificent homes are located between NW 14th Street and NW 20th just north of downtown Oklahoma City.

Heritage Hills Historic Home Tour is a self-guided walking tour, and may be done on either Saturday or Sunday, or both days for a more leisurely pace. Parking is available at St Luke’s Methodist Church. A trolley, staffed with neighborhood volunteers to answer questions and offer commentary, is also available to transport visitors from one site to another. Visitors at each home will be greeted by knowledgeable volunteers who can provide historical facts and wonderful stories of our neighborhood. Special support can be provided for seniors and those with disabilities.

Other highlights of the tour include: Classen SAS guitar students providing music at the homes, a variety of food trucks at the Overholser Mansion, and an opportunity to view Heritage Hills documentaries at the Overholser Carriage House.

Historical landmarks also featured on this year’s tour are the Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street and The Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Center, 1400 Classen Drive (entrance fees waved for Home Tour ticket-holders).

Tickets will be available on tour days at the Tour Central table on the Overholser lawn and at all home locations for $20. Advance tickets as well as group (10+) discounted tickets will be $15. The website (www.heritagehills.org) will have online tickets as well as advance ticket retail outlets listed by September 1st.

An elegant special event called the Heritage Hills Twlight Party is scheduled for Friday evening, October 12th. This year’s theme is “An Evening in Casablanca”. Stroll through tour homes in the early evening if you choose, then convene at 6:30 pm, on the grounds of the Hales Mansion, for cocktails and a sumptuous Moroccan feast.

The attire for the evening is cocktail, and invitations are mailed to interested parties. A ticket for the tour and cocktails only is $50. For the entire evening, including tour, cocktails, dinner, and entertainment, regular seating will be $150 per person, sponsor seating will begin at $200 per person (round tables of 10), with additional sponsor seating available in separate dining areas. There will be underwriting opportunities, as well. All funds from sponsorships and underwriting will provide renovations at the Overholser Carriage House. For questions about tickets, sponsorships, or underwriting for this elegant evening event, please contact Heritage Hills Twlight Party Co-Chairs Suzette Hatfield at SuzHat@me.com or Sam Blackstock at blackstock@okafp.org.

The entire weekend of the 2018 Heritage Hills Home Tour could not be made possible without hundreds of special volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help make this tour a success, please contact Heritage Hills Home Tour Co-Chairs: Rickie Fray, rufray@gmail.com or Mary Kay Gumerlock, mkgumerlock@sbcglobal.net.

To learn more about how to get the word out about the 2018 Heritage Hills Home Tour, please contact Sandra Kirk, Public Relations Chair at publicity@heritagehills.org.

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