September Home Tour To Move Outside and Online
By Jennifer Mathes, Park Hill Home Tour
The 42nd Annual Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair will indeed take place on Sunday, Sept. 13 – with a few necessary adjustments.
This great Denver tradition began in 1978 to showcase the rich history and diverse architecture of the neighborhood. Over the years, the Home Tour has evolved into an important community fundraiser, attracting hundreds of people to tour the interiors of some of Park Hill’s most interesting, beautiful, unique and exclusive homes on what usually falls on a gorgeous autumn day.
The day of the Home Tour is also when the Street Fair happens – bringing out neighbors and vendors and musicians and performers for a daylong block party and sustainability event. The proceeds of the day help support programs that are sponsored by the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. our Registered Neighborhood Organization.
This year’s Home Tour will be organized as a mostly virtual event due to the current pandemic and the resulting limitations on large gatherings. Home Tour volunteers are currently working out all the details. However, the event will likely include a walking tour that will highlight the gorgeous architecture and exteriors of numerous specific homes in the neighborhood, as well as providing virtual tours of the insides.
The physical street fair will not happen this year. Rather, organizers are working to create an online marketplace to showcase local artisans and highlight vendors who would otherwise have had booths set up. The Sustainability Zone – a big focus in recent years – will also move online, with information on where and how to recycle, as s well as information on same-day electronics recycling (drop-off location to be announced).
We’ll continue to update all details through July and August. As we navigate the challenges of putting the event together, check our website at parkhillhometour.org and follow us on Facebook @ facebook.com/parkhillhometour/ for specifics on ticket sales, homes to be featured, and donation information. Make sure to check next month’s issue as well, for updates.