2014 Tour in Brief:
Saturday, May 17 – 11:00 am to 5 pm; Sunday, May 18 – 12 to 6 pm
Home Tour 2014 House Line-up: House Descriptions
Advance tickets are $15.00 and are available on line above and also at the Heritage Hill Association office, 126 College SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; and at all area Spartan Family Fare and D&W food stores; Lake Michigan Credit Union branches; Martha’s Vineyard; Art of the Table, and Wealthy Street Bakery through the close of business on Friday, May 16th.
Day of Tour tickets are $20.00 and sold at the GRCC DeVos Campus at 435 East Fulton – Sneden Academic Center. Parking and Ticket signs will direct you.
Free parking is at this campus and you use the Fountain Street entrance. Free shuttle buses leave from this location and continually loop the Tour route so you are welcome to use the buses that stop and pick up approximately every 15 minutes at each Tour house. You can jump on and off buses at your leisure. Many of the homes are easy walking distance too. All of the homes are in the Heritage Hill Historic District. The district is 1.5 miles long by 10 blocks wide.
You can tour the houses in any order and the Tour map of all houses is on your ticket as well as the accompanying Tour booklet.
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!
See the 2013 Home Tour booklet: 114HomeTour2013BookV2compressed