Yesterday a group of us enjoyed attending the 2nd annual Preservation Piedmont Home Tour. It was the most perfect day of the year for a lazy day stroll around a historic downtown Charlottesville neighborhood. It was a good way to usher in the Fall season.
Most of the architecture selected for the tour was constructed in the early 1900's. There were some exceptions to the rule. One newer contemporary home was on the tour, a 50's Cape Cod, and also a high-end chicken coop!
Many of the homes had been renovated but their exteriors were in keeping with the period leaving the historic charm and neighborhood character intact, preserving history while adding modern conveniences. Some homes were owned by artists, carpenters, or architects which certainly helps when you are going to tackle complex renovation projects.
Wonderful art was displayed in many of the homes - some beautiful, some striking and even comical. The "book chair" was a fun feature along the way.
One home had transformed a small garage nestled in the woods into a "secret" cabin complete with a large wood cook stove. It made you wish for a cold winter night with a good book and cup of tea.
We chatted with super nice guides and home owners. All eager to share the history of the architecture and their love of their special neighborhood. It is unanimous, we'll be back next year and can't wait to see what homes are open to visit!