One of the not-so-secret pleasures of walking the dog or taking a walk after dark in Louisville’s historic neighborhoods is that sometimes you get glimpses into historic homes’ interiors and see how the other half lives.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, you’ll be able to get a much better look without being so creepy.
The second annual Original Highlands Home Tour will throw open the doors to nine historic homes in the neighborhood. These homes were built between the late 1800s and 1914. While most have them have seen substantial renovation, they all retain historic character.
The Original Highlands neighborhood features approximately 1,000 structures, according to a news release. Home styles include shotguns, bungalows, American four-squares and Victorians.
The neighborhood was first the site of a plantation called “The Briar Patch,” according to Wikipedia, inhabited by Major William Preston and his wife starting in 1814. Subdivision of the land began when their daughter inherited it in the mid-1860s, and most houses were built between then and the late 1800s.
The featured homes are:
- 1405 Morton Ave. — Built in 1900, this renovated duplex features high ceilings, hardwood floors and four fireplaces. Presented by David Day Realty.
- 1437 Morton Ave. — Built in 1900, this home has been renovated, retaining many original features.
- 1503 Morton Ave. — Built in 1908, this home features high ceilings, hardwood floors and original fireplaces.
- 1505 Morton Ave. — Built in 1908, this home retains many historical features including hardwood floors, fireplaces and period landscaping.
- 1502 Highland Ave. — Built in 1900, this renovated home has over 2,000 square feet.
- 1606 Highland Ave. — Built late 1800s, this home retains many of its historic and architectural features.
- 1409 Highland Ave. — Built 1910, this brick Victorian has been meticulously maintained and updated.
- 1421 Hepburn Ave. — Built 1914, this home is a huge updated Victorian.
- 1432 Hepburn Ave. — Built 1900, this is a beautifully maintained 3,000-square-foot Victorian home.
Tickets are $25 each and are available at the Barret Avenue parking lot starting point at the Highland Community Ministries, 1228 E. Breckenridge St. The event is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit neighborhood beautification programs led by the Original Highlands Neighborhood Association.
For information visit The Original Highlands on Facebook.