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Craftsman focus of Historic Tacoma's First Annual House Tour

Historic Tacoma announced recently it has selected a Craftsman theme for its First Annual Old House Tour. On Sept. 15, between 10am and 5pm, owners of seven Craftsman homes will open their doors to display a range of size and detailing that make this style a favorite in the Pacific Northwest. Each home showcases unique Craftsman design features from stained and leaded glass to stone fireplaces and rich wood paneling.

A number of display boards explaining Craftsman appropriate kitchen and bath design, and information on some of the most prolific Craftsman builders in Tacoma, will be displayed throughout the tour. Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn about each individual house, and design choices made by current owners trying to recapture Craftsman charm. Also showcased are vendors who can help homeowners breathe new life into their Craftsman gem. Representatives from Rejuvenation (lighting and hardware), Ixia Tile (Arts and Crafts themed tile), and Stories Inc., (reproduction textiles) will be on hand to discuss period appropriate details. Lawrence Kreisman will have copies of his newly published book, The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest, available as well.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased now through the day of the tour at the following locations:

Dave's Meat & Produce

1312 North I Street

253-280-9999

M-Sat 8am-7pm

Sun 11am-6pm

King's Books

218 St. Helens Avenue

253-272-8801

M-Sat 10am-7pm

Sun 10am-6pm

Tickets can also be purchased in advance from Historic Tacoma, and will be mailed a week prior to the event. Mail checks to: Historic Tacoma, Craftsman House Tour, P.O. Box 7664, Tacoma, WA 98417.

Historic Tacoma is a private not-for-profit grassroots organization dedicated to preserving Tacoma's architectural legacy through education and advocacy. Historic Tacoma advocates for the thoughtful preservation and rehabilitation of historic structures, sites, and neighborhoods, while urging policy makers, developers and citizens to consider the value and unique qualities of historic structures.

For more information, visit http://www.historictacoma.net .

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