Chi Omega alumni are adding a festive touch to the holiday season with their annual Holiday Home Tour. It is set for Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. This year, eight homes in the Country Club area will be spotlighted.
"These homes offer diversity in both architecture and design," tour chairwoman Jeanne Jardine said. "Also, 60 years of building and changing style are represented, with two of the homes having been completed around 1928 and one home barely two years old."Participating home owners and their addresses are:
Gayle and Tom Cannon, 2430 S. 23rd East; Jeanne and Jim Jardine, 2336 S. 21st East; Melissa and Will Connelly, 2400 S. 23rd East; Bonnie and Ralph Brinton, 2175 Country Club Drive; Ann and Alan Mecham, 2337 S. 22nd East.
Others whose homes are being featured are Cathy and Max Steele, Kathryn and Mark Van Wagoner, and Abbie and Dan Gardiner.
Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour at any of the above homes. Cost is $8 per person. Proceeds will be donated to the University of Utah's Marriott Library.
The Mecham home is the most eclectic home on the tour. The exterior stucco walls, tiled roof and wrought-iron balcony contrast with the elegant, Tudor interior.
The home was constructed in 1929 by Ashton & Evans Co. The current owner, Alan Mecham, has added a magnificent, hand-carved fireplace in the living room. Carved antique chairs, oriental screens and vases, and a multi-colored pine-beam ceiling featuring coat-of-arm motifs add to the home's uniqueness. Both exterior and interior of the home have been tastefully decorated for the holiday season.
Another 60-year-old home featured this year is owned by Jim and Jeanne Jardine. Highlights of this home include curved ceilings in the living and dining rooms, an ornately tiled fireplace, and floors and window molding of quarter-sawn oak that have never been painted.
The most recently built home on the tour belongs to Will and Melissa Connelly. It was built two years ago.
"Melissa wanted a home with a New England feel. Will longed for a home with the open feeling of the West Coast. The result is a traditional home with lots of windows and open spaces," Jardine said.
She said that the living room has 18-foot-high ceilings with large, open beams. The main bedroom is just off the living room, while the children's rooms are upstairs.
The interior of Abbie and Dan Gardiner's home reflects Abbie's lifelong love for antiques. In the living room, 150-year-old children's samplers hang on the wall above an 1820 hardwood bench and early American dolls. An antique yarn winder and a 100-year-old jewel box that resembles a doll house hang above the fireplace.
Kathryn and Mark Van Wagoner have lived in their 40-year-old home for only about a year now. They have done considerable remodeling, including replacing the originally dark interior with soft mauves and grays.
They also added a functional family room to the back of the house and a new staircase to the basement.
A warm feeling of Southern hospitality is felt by guests as they pass through the large white columns of the Cannon home. Inside are red-velvet couches, an 1880 hand-carved piano, and a large formal dining room with carved oriental side cupboards.
The Steeles have lived in their home for 14 years and have literally remodeled every square inch to meet the needs of their growing family. Among other things, they have added a large family room and kitchen area, removed the wall between two rooms and turned the area into a formal dining room, and replaced the outside metal windows with insulated wooden windows.
Not only will home tour participants enjoy the distinctive architecture and innovative remodeling of the homes, but they will see these homes attractively and tastefully decorated for the Christmas season. For information, call 484-0890.