Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Homes Tour Back; Architecture, History on Display

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Homes Tour Back; Architecture, History on Display

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer

A former boarding house for British women, an old country store, a home with an elevator believed to have come from Cohen's famed downtown store and a 90-year-old Colonial Revival residence with three cast-iron tubs are sites on Riverside Avondale Preservation's home tour this year.

The 29th annual event is on tap from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

This year's edition is showcasing eight homes and apartments, an office and a church.

"Once again, we are featuring the diverse architecture of our beautiful urban neighborhood," said Bonnie Grissett, RAP executive director.

Various architectural styles that were popular nationally were built in Riverside, ranging from Colonial to Tudor to Italianate to Mediterranean Revival, Grissett said.

RAP began the tours as a fund-raising tool and way to show off the area's assets. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at tour locations. Here's the lineup:

-- 1520 Barrs St., this home served as a boarding house for British women in the 1930s and as an elegant teahouse and antique store until 1999. Though unconfirmed, there are rumors that singer Pat Boone's grandfather once owned the 3,500-square-foot home. Built in 1910, it features a large veranda and tapered columns.

-- St. Luke's Metropolitan Church, 1140 McDuff Ave., the 300-seat church has housed various congregations but has been home to St. Luke's since 1995. In November, the congregation approved a $140,000 renovation to upgrade the heating and air-conditioning systems, install new signage, improve the courtyard and refinish the sanctuary floor.

-- 1833 Willowbranch Terrace, this 5,100-square-foot home on Willowbranch Creek was built in 1926. The two-story brick residence has an original Art Deco bar, dining room with three sets of French doors, master suite with two walk-in closets and a gourmet kitchen. Of note is an Otis elevator believed to have come from Cohen's Duval Street store, now occupied by City Hall. The grounds are landscaped with native plants and 11 oak trees.

-- 1822 Edgewood Ave., this Tudor and Jacobethan Revival-styled mansion was built in 1927 and has more than 5,300 square feet over three stories. …

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