The Heritage Hill Association announces that the 51st annual Weekend Tour of Homes originally scheduled for May 16-17, 2020 will be postponed to accommodate the State of Michigan’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The board and staff will explore options for 2020 once the future threat of the virus is better understood.
“This was a difficult decision, as we know that the tour is one of the most anticipated events in the City of Grand Rapids and draws people from the 4-state area,” says Wendy Falb, Board Chair, of the Heritage Hill Association. “This is the first time in the tour’s 51 year history that we have had to postpone it. The board and staff felt the community must come together to keep everyone safe.”
The tour was started as a fundraiser to help neighbors organize around bulldozers planned for 75% of the neighborhood in 1969.The Association continues to bring neighbors together around issues related to urban planning, land use, public safety, and overall quality of life issues.
Ticket holders and sponsors may turn their purchased tickets and sponsorships as a charitable contribution to the Heritage Hill Association and receive a tax deduction receipt.
“As a nonprofit organization, we rely on ticket revenue to support our efforts to build community and foster a neighborhood where people want to work and play,” adds Amanda Cormier, Executive Director. “Please consider turning in your tickets as a charitable donation to the organization. We are grateful for your support in these trying times to keep a thriving sense of community.”
Ticket holders and sponsors may also opt for a full refund by contacting us at 616-459-8950 or email@example.com
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.
Here is the MLIVE coverage of the 2019 Tour:
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 here: 2019 sponsor brochure.
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 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 brochure. 2019 sponsors brochure.