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2016 Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour

Friday, December 2 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 from 3 – 9 p.m.

If you have purchased tickets online, you may pick them up at "will call" at the Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street, anytime during the tour.

This year's Heights Holiday Home Tour will feature six beautiful and unique Heights homes all on or around a single block!  The “Jingle Bell Block” homes will be bedecked for the holidays with musicians, carolers, and special treats adding to the festivities.  Our featured homeowners and volunteers are excited to welcome you for the “Jingle Bell Block” Holiday Home Tour.

Schiller Home
309 E. 13th Street
This charming 1920 bungalow was originally the family store for the residents at 1304 Cortlandt, another home you will see on the tour. At one point, the home was converted into a residential duplex. The current homeowners purchased the residence in 2005. The front yard includes a fish pond, and the back yard features a deck with a pergola and a pizza oven built by the homeowner.

The holiday decorations reflect a blend of the husband’s German upbringing and the wife’s 21 years living in London. The couple has made a point of combining the rich heritage of their diverse backgrounds.

Owners: Anne & Gottfried Schiller
Head Docent: Donna Edison
Florals: Heights Floral Shop

Hagle/Kornberg Home
1304 Cortlandt
This home was originally a Craftsman 4-square bungalow built in 1904 following the same plan as the house one block south at 12th Street. One family who owned it built and ran a store around the corner on 13th Street. Other owners have renovated and expanded the home over the years.

The Christmas tree serves as a scrapbook of ephemera from the family’s life, including lots of art created by the owners’ two daughters. Highlighting the tree are ornaments from Indonesia, Thailand, and Italy, mementos of the exchange students hosted over the years.

Owners:  MaryScott Hagle & Daniel Kornberg
Head Docent: Margaret Ferenz
Florals: Bramble and Bee

Potter Home
1312 Cortlandt
The owners of 1312 Cortlandt purchased this classic circa-1920 working-man’s bungalow in 2003. The home was renovated in 1993 but needed improvement, so a second story was added with two bedrooms, a playroom, and a second bath. The contractor carefully matched doors and woodwork so that the addition is seamless and appears to have been part of the original house.

The downstairs Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments collected over a lifetime. The playroom tree is decorated with a vintage Muffy Bear collection. The train has belonged to the husband since his childhood, with additions to the set made over the years.

Owners:  Barbara & Jim Potter
Head Docent: Anna Gay
Florals: Home owners and head docent

Arnold Home
1318 Cortlandt
This is the third home in the Heights for this couple who have lived in the neighborhood since 1980. They admired this Italianate Revival house built in 1995, and they purchased it when it came on the market in 2001. The home includes antique pine and cypress doors, a restored antique staircase, a barrel vault with cove lighting, and an English antique stained-glass window.

The holiday decorations include a number of hand-carved Santas and lots of Santa ornaments, some dating to the couple’s childhoods. Fresh greenery with paperwhites, poinsettias, holly, and ivy complete the holiday décor.

Owners:  Terri & John Arnold
Head Docent:  Teresa Matlock
Florals: Lanson B. Jones

Warner Home
1325 Cortlandt
The third time was the charm for the current owners moving back to Houston in 2012. Previous efforts to purchase a home in the Heights didn’t work, but luck would be on their side as they relocated once again to the Houston area. The owners love the advantages of living in the nation’s fourth largest city while appreciating the small town neighborhood feel of the Heights.

The couple has a collection of ornaments representing the 20-plus countries they have visited in their travels. Decorating the tree gives them an opportunity to recall their many happy journeys every Christmas season.

Owners:  Sondra & Darrell Warner
Head Docent: Rae Lynn White
Florals: Flower Vibes

Nelson Home
1333 Cortlandt
The Nelson home was originally a 2-bedroom, 1-bath front-gable Craftsman bungalow built in 1910. The current owner purchased the home in 2007 and built a significant addition in 2014 that doubled the square footage of the home and added a pool and landscaped yard. The stairwell features an antique American stained-glass window discovered in Kansas City, with jewels and beveled glass set in zinc. The den boasts a stained-glass triptych with the same design in the mantle.

The home conveys the homeowner’s love of the art and energy of her native New Orleans. Holiday decorations will be included throughout the home.

Owner:  Trudy Nelson
Head Docents:  Gilbert Perez & Nick Eronko
Florals: Flower Power

Tickets:
Tickets can be picked up at the "will call" table at the historic Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, 107 West 12th Street, anytime during the tour. (Tickets purchased online will not be mailed). If you prefer, you can purchase locally at Jubilee (325 W. 19th Street), August Antiques (803 Heights Blvd.), or Buchanan's Native Plants (611 E. 11th Street) during their respective business hours. Tickets will also be available for $25 each at the Fire Station on the days of the tour.

If you have purchased tickets online, you may pick them up at "will call" at the Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street, anytime during the tour.

Please note that tickets will not be sold at the individual homes this year!

Tour Headquarters/Shuttle Service:
Tour Headquarters will be the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, 107 West 12th Street. Visitors can explore the renovated 100-year-old building and board the Home Tour Shuttle for a comfortable ride to the homes, included in the ticket price.  Tour Headquarters will open one hour earlier than tour times: Friday, December 2, from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, from 2-9 p.m.  Because parking can be limited at the homes, we encourage you to park at or near the Fire Station and ride the shuttle.

For more information:
holidaytour@houstonheights.org
713-861-4002, opt. 6

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Holiday Home Tour, please contact: volunteer@houstonheights.org