36th annual Pass Christian Tour of Homes
By Echo Staff
Apr 25, 2014, 21:21
Visitors to this year's Pass Christian Historical Society's Tour of Homes will view five homes which reflect the city’s past from the mid-19th century through 1935. The event will be held on Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 5 pm.
The homes showcase the variety of architectural house types and styles of the period from a raised cottage with a Greek revival facade, an American center-hall cottage with a graceful columned wrap-around porch, and the impressive three-story home of Mrs. Jeanne M. Hines.
• The home of Lynn Gildersleeve, 1001 East Beach Blvd. is a "cottage" type home with three dormers jutting from the center roof, an American center-hall plan cottage with a wrap-around porch lined with French doors and windows. A 1905 real-estate advertisement described the home as “Built last August. Faces Gulf of Mexico, Nine rooms. Servants’ quarters separate. Modern improvements. Excellent water supply: Artesian well two thousand feet deep. Large grounds, chicken house, stables, etc. $5000 cash.”
• "Carlisle Place," 829 East Scenic Drive is a raised cottage with a Greek revival facade and the American center-hall floor plan. It dates to 1850 with the "crab claw" stairs added in 1938.
The home is exquisitely furnished with the original estate furnishings.
• The home of Sidonie and Keith Petagna¸ 710 East Second Street, demonstrates how a historical structure can be incorporated within a modern home, including as it does a century-old wing that originally stood behind the home at 709 East Scenic. This home exemplifies the best of historical adaptation.
• The home of Janet and Michael McElroy, 533 East Scenic Drive is a colonial revival mansion designed by New Orleans architect Richard Koch and built in 1938. The McElroys renovated the home and beautiful gardens in 2010.
• The home of Jeanne M. Hines, 519 East Scenic Drive is a reconstruction of a home lost to Katrina that has been rebuilt to category 5 storm standards. Refreshments will be served here from 2 to 5 pm.
Docents will be available with architectural and historical information at each house. Visitors will be given a brochure, tour program and a walking/driving tour and map of the area. Refreshments will be provided by the Society's members at the Hines home. Tickets are available from the Pass Christian Historical Society for $25 in advance or $30 at the door ($15 for children 12 and under). Advance tickets are also available at Pass Christian Books/Cat Island Coffee (300 East Scenic Drive). For more information or to buy tickets online, please visit www.passhistory.org or call (228) 452-0161.