Tour one of the country’s largest urban historic districts and help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Heritage Hill Association. The Annual Heritage Hill Tour welcomes you inside 7 restored private houses and three historic buildings on Saturday, May 19 from 11 am – 5 pm and Sunday, May 20 from 12 pm – 6 pm. Tour offers an interior view of stunning turn of the century homes each uniquely styled by current owners. An elegant Greek revival, amazingly modern Queen Annes, a Chateaux mansion, a Craftsman beauty, a creatively converted 1900 carriage house, and more await you. It’s a celebration of the grandeur and art of the past fused with present-day livability. We’ve come a long way since 1968 when 75% of the neighborhood was slated for demolition.
Advance tickets are $18.00 are available on line at www.heritagehillweb.org. or at the Heritage Hill Association office. Tickets are also available at Family Fare and D&W Food stores, Lake Michigan Credit Union branches, Martha’s Vineyard, and Art of the Table. Please note that LMCU, Martha’s and Art of the Table can only accept cash or checks. Advance ticket prices end at the close of the listed businesses on May 18.
Tickets on the weekend of the tour are $25.00 and only available at the ticket booth at GRCC DeVos campus – 435 East Fulton. Free shuttle bus transportation for the tour is provided. Pick-up and drop-off is at each of the featured properties and also at the ticket booth. Many if not all the homes are within walking distance (1.5 miles from end to end).
Heritage Hill dates back to 1843 and was named by This Old House as one of the “Best Old House Neighborhoods” in the country. Its 1,300 homes represent Michigan’s finest collection of 19th and 20th century American architecture.
Since 1969, the annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes welcomes you to our historic Heritage Hill neighborhood, one of the country’s largest urban historic districts recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. More than 1,300 homes stand within the boundaries of Heritage Hill and date from 1843. Nearly every style of American architecture, from Greek Revival to Prairie, is represented in the district. At the turn of the century, this was the city’s most prestigious residential area. Today the neighborhood is an array of lifestyles and passions. Professionals, artisans, students,… homeowners and renters … share this great place we call home.
Tour, the Third Weekend in May …
Each year, a different line-up of 7-8 private homes and 2 to 3 historic buildings are open; each with a unique story. During Tour, guides stationed at each house will share information and highlight special features. An array of architecture, decorating styles and urban gardens await you.
Tour is the largest fundraiser of the Heritage Hill Association. It is also the biggest promotional effort of our neighborhood and a showcase for the benefits of historic preservation. Over 300 volunteers contribute to make the weekend a success. All proceeds go right back into programs for the Heritage Hill neighborhood. These include block club organizing, crime prevention, land use planning, engaging community resources, and preservation of the district’s historic character. This Old House magazine rates Heritage Hill as one of the best historic neighborhoods in the United States.
Walkability, cultural diversity and close proximity to Grand Rapids’ colleges and medical facilities, as well as the downtown entertainment and cultural center … and the hip, new and energizing Uptown business districts … Heritage Hill has it all!
Promote YOUR Business & support the Heritage Hill Association
Heritage Hill’s Annual Weekend Tour of Homes is our largest fundraising event all year. Over 4000 visitors tour our houses and you can put your business information in their hands. Each ticket comes with a Tour Home booklet filled with detailed information on the homes on tour, maps and ads from our supporters, like you.
The Sponsorship brochure is available to download below. Check out all the perks you can get for supporting us through the various levels of support! And just think, not only can you support your local business but you are also supporting a stronger, healthier community by also supporting local neighborhood associations like ourselves.
Won’t you be our Tour of Homes Friend?
Call or email HHA at 616.459.8950 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to be our Tour sponsor. Or complete and return the attached brochure. Thank You!