30th Annual Christmas Candelight Tour of Homes

November 11, 2009

The Old House Guild of Sandusky will be holding its 30th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes on Sunday December 6th and Monday December 7th from 6 – 9 pm. Five private homes will be featured as well as The Sandusky State Theatre, The Follett House Museum and The Eleutheros Cooke House.

1. Oran Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne Street – Built in 1834-1837 by one of Sandusky’s most prominent citizens, it is of Greek Revival style in limestone. It is filled with Sandusky and area memorabilia. Punch and cookies will be served here on the nights of the tour. Tickets will be sold here both nights of the tour. Restrooms are available.

2. Eleutheros Cooke House, 1415 Columbus Avenue – Built by Sandusky’s first lawyer in 1843-1844 and moved to its present location in 1878. Greek Revival architecture in limestone with an especially fine doorway. It contains the furnishings and collections of the last owners, Estelle and Randolph Dorn. It will be decorated for Christmas and this year we will be featuring a Santa Claus collection on loan from The Sandusky State Theatre.

3. Michael Beuglass, 226 42nd Street – This elegant refurbished home was built in 1917 for $5000 with the garage being added a few years later for $300. Mike has owned this home since 2003 and believes he is the 7th owner. The first time Mike looked at this home it reminded him so much of his grandparents house that he bought it that day. The entire home has been renovated since he moved in, which includes a new kitchen and bath, floors have been refinished, all new drywall, rebuilt fireplace, window seat added, and all new landscaping. It has been a labor of love for Mike. Enjoy the extensive collection of Christmas decorations which includes seven Christmas trees. The tree in the living room is entirely decorated with vintage decorations from the 40’s and 50’s and under the tree is a collection of antique toys that he has collected, some of which belonged to him as a child. Also notice the cross stitched Santa’s that have been given to him by a good friend, one for each year that they have know each other, 23 in all. You will be entering through the front door and exiting through the back door so you may enjoy his wonderfully maintained and lighted backyard.

4. Sally and Brian Poggiali, 706 Central Avenue – This lovely brick home, built in the early 1900’s, was purchased by Sally and Brian in 1999. They are the 7th owners. Since moving in they have repainted, relandscaped and Sally with her creative talents has done much of the internal and external decorating. Sally and Brian love the high ceilings, fireplaces and stained glass of their home. Please enjoy the collections they have of Precious Moments, Emmett Kelly, Teddy Bears and Beer Steins. You will enter through the front door and exit out the back door to enjoy the beautiful landscaping they have in the back.

5. Megan and Todd Peugeot, 1225 Wayne Street – This beautiful brick home was built in 1928 on the land of the former Erie County Fair Grounds. Megan and Todd purchased this home in 2006 and are raising three children in this lovely and spacious home. They are the 4th owners. The home features 5 bedrooms, four and one-half bathrooms, four fireplaces and original leaded glass windows. Immediately following their move into the home they completely remodeled the kitchen, which now includes cherry cabinets, two kitchen sinks, a dual-fuel stove/oven combination along with stainless steel appliances. Other renovations included removal of carpeting in the dining room and 2 upstairs bedrooms to reveal the original hardwood floors, which were then refinished. The family room and adjacent upstairs bedroom were additions added to the original house by the owners at the time, Ann and Thomas Murray. The home has been wonderfully maintained by all previous owners and Megan and Todd are intent on preserving the homes historic beauty.

6. Lou and Don Hibbard, 401 W. Shoreline Drive, Unit 273 – This newly built Condo is in the historic Chesapeake Lofts building which was built as a paper factory in 1924. Lou and Don have lived in their condo since May, 2007. The Hibbard’s enjoy the beautiful view from their condo along with the features the Lofts provide which include the pool, spa and the fitness center. They also love living downtown which allows them to walk to the theatre, church, dining establishments, banks and library. In the home is displayed Lou’s collection of Bing Grondahl plates from Copenhagen which were gifts given her every Christmas and Mother’s Day from her Mother and Mother-in-Law from 1970-1997. Also on display will be a collection of Santa’s on loan from the Sandusky State Theatre.

7. Patty and Steve Didion, 113 Finch Street – This charming home, purchased by the owners in May of this year, is a great example of preservation by restoration. Built around 1913 the home has been completely renovated by Patty and Steve after they had watched it deteriorate for the last 12 years. Everything is new in the home which includes French Doors off the living room leading onto the front porch, ceilings, walls, furnace, hot water tank and numerous other features. They will be sharing with guests the pictures that were taken before the renovations began. The house is presently up for sale.

8. Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Avenue – This historic landmark, which was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1982, has been serving the community since 1928. Offering a wide variety of programs of artistic, educational and social value, the Theatre can also be the place to hold meetings, party’s and special events. Join us for a tour of the Theatre which includes a behind the scenes look at the operation. Enjoy the decorations of the holiday season which will include the Worlds Largest Santa Collection and the Festival of Trees. Feel free to browse through the Christmas in the City gift shop to find that unique holiday gift. A cash bar will be available featuring a holiday drink special. Restrooms are available. While downtown also make sure to view the 12 animated windows depicting “A Christmas Carol”.

Tickets will be available starting November 15th at the following locations: Bailey’s Country Shoppe, Barnes Nursery (Huron), Cooke House, Corso’s Flower & Garden Center, Crider Quality Jewelers, Flowerama, The Follett House Museum and The Sandusky State Theatre.

Tickets are $10.00.

Tickets will also be available the nights of the Tour at The Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne St., Sandusky, Ohio.

Old House Guild
Rob & Kathy Werner – Event Chairs
Telephone – 419.626.5012

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