Sunday, December 6, 2015

Annual Home Tour

When Tom and I first moved to Ft. Worth, we leased the top half of an old house in a historic neighborhood. While living there we helped with their annual

 which was held every December. So,we were more than happy to help again when they emailed and said they desperately needed docents.
Most of the homes built in that neighborhood in the very early 1900's  were very large, and considered mansions. Although, in the 1920's and 30's, building came to a standstill. After World War II  when building did resume the homes were more modest. Above, is the home where we were docents yesterday morning. It was built in 1946 by a man who was a brick layer and his wife a school teacher. The present owner is a fireman and his wife works at the Modern Museum.

I was taking pictures...and not real sure I was supposed to. I wanted to show you that the second owner in the 1980's removed the crank out windows, and added glass block, which was very popular to do at that time.
The present owners opened up the wall between the kitchen and dining room, giving the house a modern open effect.
The little dining room was bright and cheery (sorry about the blurr). Remember, I was trying to take pictures on the sly.
Their young son's room was also bight and cheery
Two of the three bathrooms had custom made vessel sinks, and more glass block.
One bathroom had a very deep Japanese soaking tub. I had never seen one...have you?
This cozy family room was an add on, as was another bedroom and two bathrooms. Like so many houses built right after the war there were only two bedrooms and one bath.
Since we were docents for a shift of two and a half hours we were given free tickets to tour the other four houses. It made for a fun Saturday and kept me out of the crowed stores.
I am not sure that any other countries have home tours? I know they have tours of historical homes. ...but do folks open their homes where you live for touring?


  1. It is a lovely home, well appointed. It is much larger than it appears on the outside.

  2. No, only at open monuments days sometimes they open up a home here in Amsterdam.

  3. The home looks bright and cheerful with a lot of light. Yes, there are times homes in our county and in Denver have open house tours, usually to benefit a charity. I also enjoy going on garden tours.

  4. Dearest Janey,
    Don't recall any from our time in The Netherlands...
    As for that Japanese tub, my aunt had a shower like that, to sit in and than use the shower head above. Also my sister had a sitting tub like that before she remodeled it into a standing shower.
    Sending you hugs,

  5. This sort of thing occasionally goes on here in specific neighbourhoods.