Historical past buffs, structure lovers and design fanatics are in for a deal with at Saturday’s twenty second annual Landmarks of Longview Architectural Tour sponsored by the Gregg County Historic Museum.
The occasion will probably be held in new trend this yr as attendees will probably be chauffeured to numerous historic properties in a constitution bus. Museum Government Director Lindsay Loy stated the change was made after COVID-19 made it tough to search out owners who could be prepared to open their doorways for the general public to tour.
“Persons are nonetheless a little bit uncomfortable opening their house with COVID,” she stated.
To avoid well being issues, attendees on this previous yr’s tour visited industrial buildings that offered a extra open setting for them to tour, Loy stated. Whereas attendees would beforehand drive at their leisure to every home, this yr they are going to be taken to the locations collectively, she stated.
“We determined to strive the bus tour so we may nonetheless provide the Landmarks of Longview and have a protected various,” Loy stated.
This yr’s focus is “Houses of the Oil Increase Period.”
About 20 properties will probably be featured on the tour that can depart from the historic museum on Fredonia Road at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, though Loy stated Tuesday that tickets solely can be found for the three p.m. and 4 p.m. excursions.
Every tour is about to final about an hour-and-a-half. The excursions will make the identical stops, so attending a special time slot will not imply a special expertise, Loy stated.
Champagne and sweets will probably be served on the bus together with further refreshments contained in the museum that will probably be out there earlier than and after excursions, she stated. Door prizes corresponding to reward playing cards to native eating places additionally will probably be supplied.
The primary cease of the tour is the Skipper House at 1402 Texas 31, and it is the one cease the place attendees will be capable to enter the house and tour inside, Loy stated. In keeping with data from the museum, Barney Anuel and Mary Skipper constructed the big Spanish Colonial Revival property in 1936.
Loy described the Skipper House as having marbled mantles, intricate inlaid tiles, gilded mirrors and a number of other chandeliers, one among which is from a home that composer Ludwig van Beethoven lived in.
Invoice Crouch, proprietor of the Skipper House, bought it together with his spouse in 1994. The couple cherished outdated homes and determined to begin restoring it shortly after, Loy stated.
After the Skipper House, attendees will board the bus and head to the Covington Neighborhood the place they’re going to make stops and study quite a few properties from a information, Loy defined. The tour will spherical out at property at 507 E Melton St. which the museum describes as “probably the most iconic and exquisite in Longview.”
The Oil Increase-era was chosen for this yr’s tour as a result of not many individuals know the historical past of the way it impacted Longview, Loy stated.
“I feel by speaking about among the historic properties we get to be taught a little bit extra about our historical past,” she stated. “And by seeing our properties, you possibly can see the historical past from totally different occasions. We have by no means actually carried out one thing on the Thirties oil growth. Not lots of people learn about how that formed Longview.”
When she started selecting properties to function, Loy stated she had a tough time narrowing down the choices as a result of there have been so many to select from. In the end, she determined to incorporate properties that have been extra to the south of Marshall avenue.
The Covington subdivision, set round a horseshoe0-shaped avenue, is also featured on Saturday’s tour.
It was named Surrey Place by its developer, Dolly Northcutt. By the early Thirties, the homes could be properties to Longview’s most influential residents, based on the museum. In the course of the previous 80-plus years, many properties have been up to date, modernized and renovated.
In an effort to focus on the entire historic properties of the Oil Increase-era in Longview, Loy is contemplating doing a component two to the tour subsequent yr that will concentrate on properties to the north facet of Marshall Avenue, she stated.
Tickets are $25 and may be bought on-line at gregghistorical.org or on the museum.
For questions, name (903) 753-5840.