South End House Tour Set for Oct 21

The South End Historical Society (SEHS) will hold its annual South End House Tour on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First organized in 1967, the South End House Tour enjoys the distinction of being the oldest continually offered tour of its kind in Boston and features an inside look at restored and renovated townhouses in the largest Victorian row-house district in the United States. The Tour is a perennial favorite of anyone interested in home design, architecture, restoration, history, or preservation. Participants are given a guidebook that includes descriptions of the private homes and a map so that they can design a tour at their own pace.

From thoughtful restoration to innovative floor-plans and modern interpretations of classic details, each of the featured homes demonstrates how historic spaces can also be livable homes that are easily adapted to modern needs.

“What’s interesting about this year’s tour is the diversity among homes,” said Lauren Prescott, executive director. “Attendees will see the interesting ways residents of our historic neighborhood have blended modern living with 19th century architecture.”

The South End House Tour was first organized by the South End Historical Society in 1967 to draw attention to the architectural significance of the neighborhood and to inspire others to take on the difficult task of restoring row houses and to advocate for the preservation of this unique urban area.

The South End Historical Society was founded in 1966 to preserve the architectural fabric of this unique urban neighborhood. In 1973 their efforts resulted in the South End being placed on the National Register of Historic Places and ultimately its designation as a Boston Landmark District in 1983. Today, the annual House Tour is just one of the ways SEHS raises funds to continue to encourage and compile research, and to advocate for preservation of these historic buildings, monuments, and public spaces.

Tickets for the House Tour are $30 in advance and are available at www.southendhistoricalsociety.org/housetour. Tickets will also be available on the day of the Tour for $35 each at Sprogis & Neale Real Estate, 679 Tremont St.

For more information, please contact at [email protected] or 617-536-4445.

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