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2013 Historic Homes Tour of the Avenues

Monday, 04 March 2013 12:54

09-32-354-005webThe Avenues

Utah Heritage Foundation will hold its annual Historic Homes Tour on May 11, 2013, from 10 AM to 5 PM, in the south east area of Salt Lake City's Avenues Historic District.  Tickets are available now!  Read more for more details on the tour or how to buy tickets.

Tickets

Tour Information

Headquarters and Parking

After Hours Tour

Volunteering

Tickets

$15 per person--Advance ticket price and day-of price only for current Utah Heritage Foundation members

$20 per person--Regular day-of price.

$25 per person--Combination advance Historic Homes Tour and June 8 Salt Lake Modern Tour: Olympus Cove ticket

$50 per person--After Hours Tour Ticket

Advance ticket sales have ended, at 5 PM on May 10.  Tickets are now available only on May 11, at our tour headquarters from 10 AM to 4 PM.  All persons who walk must have a ticket.  One ticket is included with package registrations for our 2013 Utah Preservation Conference.  All tickets are in the form of our tour brochure, with which you may enter each home on the tour.  We do not mail the brochures prior to the event, and all advance and day-of ticket purchasers must pick up their tour brochure(s) at our tour headquarters before going on the tour.  The tour is an all-weather, rain-or-shine event and there are no refunds for unused tickets.

Tour Information

This year's daytime Tour will feature six homes and the Historic 27th Ward Chapel.  The buildings are on P, Q and Virginia Streets, 2nd and 3rd Avenues.  Five of the buildings are within close walking distance, with the Virginia homes a little further away.  Tour attendees should be aware of the following before going on the tour:

  • None of the homes are wheelchair accessible, and all have stairs.  Attendees should watch their step around and in all parts of homes.
  • Attendees will be provided shoe covers to be worn inside all homes; attendees may also visit the homes in socks, but not barefoot. 
  • Pets are not allowed inside homes.
  • All homes are private residences and are only available to tour during the time and day of our tour.  We will not reveal the names of the homeowners, nor we will reveal the addresses of homes prior to the tour. 
  • Photography is permitted only outside the homes and is prohibited inside. 
  • Attendees are not required to visit all the homes, and may go to each home at their leisure during open hours.  They may go to any homes in any order they find convenient.

Headquarters and Parking

This year, the tour headquarters will also be on the tour: the Historic 27th Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 187 North P Street (corner of P and 4th Avenue).  Headquarters will be in a tent outside the building, on the P Street side. All tour attendees, those who purchase tickets in advance and those purchasing tickets that day, must pick up the tour program and shoe covers at the tour headquarters before entering any exhibited home.  We strongly encourage tour attendees to walk or bicycle to the tour.

After Hours Tour

This year, we are debuting a special After Hours Tour of three separate homes in the area.  This event will occur at 6 PM, and will feature food and cocktails at a few special homes not featured in the regular tour.  All are welcome to attend, but tickets for this event must be purchased separately at $50 per person, and only in advance.  More details are available here.

Volunteering

Our annual Historic Homes Tour is typically the largest event Utah Heritage Foundation alone organizes.  We regularly sell one thousand tickets to the tour, requiring more than two hundred volunteers the day of to guide people through the beautiful examples of Utah's historic architecture.  All Homes Tour volunteers receive one complimentary admission to the tour.  We welcome people of varying backgrounds, ages, and skills to volunteer for the tour.  While we are happy to have volunteers before the event, we are now specifically looking for two types of volunteers, with two types of commitment:

Volunteer Chair

Homes Tour chairs organize the volunteer efforts at each home on the tour.  These men and women work with the homeowner to ensure that the home is respectable for the tour and respected by the tourists.  They assist in researching the home's history and help prepare the script for the docents to use during the tour.  They recruit and organize shifts for the volunteer docents at each home.  Chairs are typically required to devote 20 hours to preparing for the tour, and are expected to stay at the home before, during, and after the tour.   While typically one individual chairs the efforts at one home, two people have and can co-chair a home.

Volunteer Docent

Homes Tour docents work a roughly two hour shift in one area of the home designated by the chair.  The exact length of the shift depends on the number of docents working in a home.  Docents will receive a script, which they are expected to memorize and bring to the tour.  Docents also ensure that the property is respected and returned to the owner in the condition it was entrusted to us.

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Preparing tour booklets for sale;
  • Setting up signage and the tour headquarters in the morning;
  • Selling tickets at tour headquarters through the day;
  • Closing homes, cleaning up signage and the tour headquarters at the end of the day;
  • Various other activities as weather, traffic and other needs arise.

To volunteer or to ask questions, contact Utah Heritage Foundation Volunteer Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (801) 533-0858 extension 104.

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