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Short North Tour of Homes & Gardens Returns in September

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Short North Tour of Homes & Gardens Returns in September
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The Short North Tour of Homes & Gardens is coming back for its 43rd year in September. The tour includes nine stops where guests will examine the architecture and amenities of some of the area’s most unique spaces.

The event starts on Saturday, September 16, with a preview tour of the Sells Circus House, not included in the main event. For $75, guests can take an exclusive tour of the house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and stay for the preview party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The house, designed by Frank Packard in 1895 for Sells Circus owner Peter Sells, is a Romanesque style home “reminiscent of Spanish-Moorish architecture.” Its restoration sought to highlight the “opulence and grandeur” of the gilded age.

Following the preview tour and pre-tour party, the general tour will take place on Sunday, September 17. Guests will visit nine homes, including the Penthouse at the Dakota, a 3,000 square foot condo with open outdoor terraces, four fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, and a steam room; the Arts & Crafts home on Park Street, featuring pergolas, a water feature and fireplace, and a carriage house that serves as a guest house; and the Victorian homes along Neil Avenue.

One Victorian home, built in 1902, is now home to a family of five. A venture into the backyard will reveal a treehouse built by the owner for his kids, “a dreamy irresistible escape from terra firma.”

The main tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. Preview tour tickets are limited. All tickets include free access to a trolley and shuttle bus.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit shortnorthcivic.org.

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