Nine homes in the University Place neighborhood will be open to the public during a two-day homes tour this spring.
The homes tour, sponsored by the University Place Neighborhood Assn., Lawrence Preservation Alliance and the Historic Mount Oread Fund, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 and from noon to 4 p.m. May 10.
Neva Entrikin, who chaired the homes selection committee, said in a news release that each of the homes on the tour has special historical significance or architectural significance, or both. One of the homes featured in the tour was once owned by James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.
"We think it's especially appropriate in 1992 to show the one house which James Naismith actually built in Lawrence, 1992 being the 100th anniversary of basketball," Entrikin said in the release.
An informational brochure about the homes and a walking tour guide of other homes in the neighborhood will be available to visitors. Ticket information will be announced later.
Homes featured in the tour are:
1616 Ind., owned by Ken and Katie Armitage.
1500 Lilac Ln., the campus residence of Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig and his wife, Gretchen. The Budigs' home will be open May 10 only.
625 Sunnyside, owned by George and Margie Coggins.
1625 La., owned by Karen and Bob Gould.
1636 La., owned by Ann and David Evans.
1645 La., owned by George and Margaret Wedge.
1655 Miss., owned by Mabel Rice.
1700 Miss., owned by Lois and Lew Llewellyn. This is the Naismith home.
1656 Ill., owned by Becky and Rick Snyder.