Historic Home Tour

Saturday, September 24

Please join us!

The 2016 Historic Home Tour will take place on Saturday, September 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Five magnificent homes, all located in the City of Petoskey, will be featured. Tour-goers will begin with an orientation at the Little Traverse History Museum at the Petoskey waterfront and then make their way to the five beautiful and unique homes. Ticket holders may tour the homes in any order. Docents in each home will provide historical information for visitors.

Featured Homes

The five homes featured include:
  • A 1900 home built by Charles and Ida Fallass. Later owned by a local architect, the home has recently been renovated to preserver its historical features. The house is on the National Register of Historical Places, noted for its roofline.
  • A late 18th century home, first used as a boarding house in Petoskey's early history, and later owned by the Fochtman's. The current owners have recreated this stately masterpiece, and have incorporated a modern feel while preserving the beauty of the past.
  • Designed by Alden B. Dow, Architect Laureate of Michigan, and early participant in Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Fellowship, this home with its sweeping roof, and geometric forms is mixed with lush landscapes to compliment the natural beauty.
  • A recently renovated home, that has been lovingly brought back to life by its current owners. The exterior has been redone, with the original siding recreated, and the porch painstakingly stripped and repainted to maintain its architectural identity. The interior includes the original doors and hardware and the trim has been recreated to ensure the original vision of the home is maintained for generations to come.
  • A boarding house built at the turn of the century, and later used as apartments, this home has been developed into a one of a kind, Spanish and Mediterranean style residence overlooking the bay. The house has been opened up to all for light-filled space, but the traditional roots have been maintained. The doors and posts have been restored to preserve their original state.
  • For a more modern option, a "tiny house" will also be featured on the tour. With a minimal footprint, this home is equal parts cozy and environmentally savvy. The home has all of the modern amenities in a pocket size.
  • Also, available on the tour will be a recreation of the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop c. 1903. Built in 1886, the building was purchased for $1 and moved two blocks to its current location, where it has been meticulously restored.
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Tickets, along with the tour map and driving directions, are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Little Traverse History Museum, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or at the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information please call 231.347.2620, or visit our website: petoskeymuseum.org

Thank you

Our thanks to the homeowners who have generously opened their homes for this tour that benefits the Little Traverse Historical Society.

In addition, we would like to thank Monarch Garden and Floral of Petoskey, for graciously providing floral displays at each home.