2019 TOUR OF HOMES/BUILDINGS INFORMATION
This years Annual Loveliest Village Christmas Tour of Homes/Buildings will be December 14th & 15th..We have homes and buildings with cider stops where you go inside and look at the beautiful furnishings and decorations. We will also have tour guides on hand to share the homes & buildings wonderful history.
We have approximately 2,500 to 3,000 visitors during the tour weekend which is always the second weekend in December.
If you are interested in volunteering to help with the tour email: Tour Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
# Brandon & Ashley Holcomb — 1523 Elise Lane
This two-story traditional brick home constructed in 2006 features an open floor plan, hand-painted fireplace and vaulted ceilings. For updates made over the years, the Holcombs took a Do-It-Yourself approach. Renovations include an updated kitchen, new wide plank hardwood flooring, added front and back porches, an updated sunroom and updated shutters and window boxes. Owner Ashley Holcomb shares her mother’s creative talents, and the duo will channel that energy to decorate the home for Christmas, using fresh greenery and hand-painted ornaments following the theme of Winter Wonderland. Ashley’s husband Brandon custom built much of the furniture in the home’s interior and exterior. Artwork by Ashley and her mother hangs throughout the house.
Photos and descriptions by Allison Blankenship
# Jacob & Mary Evelyn Jordan — 305 Lee Drive
This nearly 50-year-old ranch-style home was built by Jack Bailey in 1971 and maintains the reliability and charm often associated with Bailey-built homes. Jacob and Mary Evelyn Jordan are the home’s third owners and recently updated the kitchen in keeping with the home’s appeal. Previous renovations include updated bathrooms and the enclosure of the original porch to create a sunroom, which provides abundant natural light to the home. An eclectic mix of family heirlooms and modern designs complete the home, along with art by Mary Evelyn and the home’s previous owner. The Jordans spend much of their time in the spacious, freshly landscaped backyard, which has long been a gathering place for neighbors and friends.
# Sandra Rowell — 852 Terrace Acres Drive
Homeowner Sandra Rowell purchased this 1962 home in 2016, and since that time has brought new life to the house, updating almost every room. The biggest undertaking was the kitchen, which has been completely redone. This four-bedroom, three-bath house has hardwood floors throughout and a unique curved staircase. The house boasts a full outdoor kitchen and fireplace in its large backyard, where a water feature adds to the tranquility of the space. The home is furnished with items passed down from the owner’s father and pieces brought back from the owner’s own world travels. For the tour, guests can enjoy cookies and cider at this stop.
# Sunny Slope, 1031 S. College Street (Cider Stop)
Built in 1857 by William F. Samford and Susan Dowdell Samford, Sunny Slope is a raised Greek Revival cottage typical of antebellum architecture in Central Alabama. Though the cottage farmhouse was a more modest representation of the Greek Revival style, the building was the focal point of the property and was intended to convey noble simplicity and civic virtue. Key architectural elements are the white color, balanced, symmetrical portico that spans the entire front of the house, and the hipped roof. The Samfords, whose son was William James Samford for whom Auburn University’s Samford Hall is named, left Sunny Slope during the Civil War. The property was bought by a Keeler family in 1878, subdivided and sold to the Heard family who sold it to John P. Alvis and William Cullers. The house stayed in the Alvis family until it passed through marriage from Bessie Alvis to her husband Verle Emerick in 1905. The Emericks owned the house and the remaining 5 acres until Dr. Ann Pearson bought it in 2013 to rescue it from demolition. After renovating the house she donated it to Auburn University for the home of its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute which uses the property for an office, classroom, and meeting space.
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# Chad & Tori Brinson — 2093 Brenton Lane
Built in 2004, this French Country home sits on lake-front property in the Asheton Lakes neighborhood. The home features a Southern Living floor plan and the main living area boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a bright, open space that overlooks the backyard. Upon entering, French doors with antique knobs greet guests, and owners Chad and Tori Brinson have stayed true to the home’s style by filling the downstairs with French country furniture collected over two decades. Stay a while in the backyard, where two entertaining spaces invite guests to either sit by the outdoor fireplace or find respite beneath the covered porch. The entertainment space doesn’t stop there. Before the Brinsons lived in the home, the original owners converted the space above the garage into a “man cave.” A second bonus room operates as the “kid cave.” For the tour, a trio from the Trinity Christian School girls choir will sing carols and hymns.
# Martha Thomas — 432 North Gay Street
Standing on a brick-pier foundation, this century-old home features high ceilings to keep the house cool during Alabama summers, tongue and groove heart pine flooring and shiplap heart pine siding. Renovations by Ernest Smock in 2013 included a complete rewiring and re-plumbing of the house as well as the reconfiguration of part of the house to create more bathroom space and a new laundry room. New upper kitchen cabinets were added, and the base cabinets are original to the house. For Christmas, the house will be decorated like owner Martha Thomas’ mother used to decorate her house for the holidays — with a German twist. German desserts will be provided.
# Ross House Coffee, Toni Holt — 150 N Ross Street
Over the last century, this home with its inviting wrap-around porch has been used to house families and students and, most recently, has been converted into a coffee shop for the community. Built in 1906 by contractor Abb Chreitzberg, the home still has its original flooring, front door and windows, and there are coal-only fireplaces in each room. Few additions were made to the house, including the bathrooms in the rear, which are handicap accessible. The older bathrooms were turned into storage closets and an office was added. Outside, two huge pecan trees, estimated to be more than 100 years old, stand tall, and the four holly bushes are original to the home. For the tour, the students from Auburn High School will perform songs.
HOME'S FEATURED ON THE 2019 TOUR
# Amy Oroushorn — 1844 VFW Road
A charming town home in Grove Hill, this living space is full of natural light and interior details. Owner Amy Oroushorn, an Auburn University graduate in interior design, has put years of work into the unit, which has a style reminiscent of luxury homes along the gulf coast. A private courtyard has become a sanctuary for the family and guests, where many dinner parties are hosted at the handmade 8-foot farm table. For the holidays, the home’s Christmas tree will feature a collection of hand-painted ceramic ornaments from the homeowner’s grandmother. The home also features a beautiful collection of Nutcrackers, each hand-selected over the past 15 years. Refreshments, hot cider and a dessert board will be provided.
Auburn Preservation League