Archive for Friday, December 15, 1989


December 15, 1989


Between $4,000 and $5,000 was raised last weekend when about 900 people took part in the second annual Holiday Tour of Historic Homes in Lawrence.

Proceeds for the tour, which involved homes in the Oread Neighborhood this year, will be split between the tour sponsors: the Oread Neighborhood Assn., the Lawrence Preservation Alliance and the Douglas County Historical Society, which runs the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum.

Jennifer Kimball Brown, coordinator of the Oread Neighborhood Assn., said the tour did more than just raise money.

"We got so many volunteers out," she said. "And the neighborhood looked so good."

Brown said the number of people who took part in the tour was down this year, perhaps, she speculated, because of so many competing tours in the Kansas City and Topeka areas. Proceeds were about half the amount made last year, she said.

Marci Francisco, who is a member of each of the groups sponsoring the tour and who owns the oldest home on the tour, said good weather helped create a good event.

"It was gorgeous on Saturday," she said, adding that for most of Sunday the weather held.

Besides the Francisco home, which is a stone cottage at 1008 Ohio built in 1863, the tour included visits to other late-1800s homes in the Oread neighborhood, including homes at 1041 Tenn., 1045 Tenn. and 1000 Ohio.

The tour also included a reception at the Watkins Museum, and a visit to the Benedict House at 923 Tenn., which currently is being renovated by the LPA.

Brown said many people on the tour were fascinated to see the process of renovation going on in the interior of the Benedict House, and some said the home should be included on another tour when construction is finished.

She added that Watkins Museum officials were happy with the turnout.

"So many people who had never been in the museum came," she said.

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