It’s a time-honored tradition now in its 42nd year, and it’s one of the best way to ogle at some real, historic, graceful house candy! Truly, the Swiss Avenue Historic District’s Mother’s Day Home Tour is the only opportunity you’ll get all year to witness the grandeur of the oldest historic district in Dallas from the other side of the window panes.
This year’s tour, scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (that’s this weekend, y’all!) has some amazing homes on the schedule, including the 1908 residence of architect Collett Munger, as well as the Harris-Savage house, the home of historian, preservationist, and author Virginia Savage McAlester, this year’s Honorary Chair. Her book A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture, is a hallowed tome here at CandysDirt.com.
The tour includes a total of six historic homes and an English garden at 6005 Swiss, as well as the Von Erich family estate at 4918 Swiss. The Von Erich’s, Dallas’ first family of wrestling, had an interesting and tragic history best recorded by Texas Monthly‘s “Six Brothers” story by John Spong in 2005.
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Besides the popular walking tour, you can take advantage of a lecture series a the Aldredge House, music and entertainment at Savage Park, a vintage car show, a kids activity area, an art fair with local artists and vendors, as well as the famous Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch featuring music from the Matt Tolentino Band. You can also visit the tour homes by hopping on a mini coach or a horse-drawn carriage.
If you just want to go to the tour, tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. You can score them before Saturday at Whole Foods, Talulah Belle, and HESS in Lakewood or online. If you want to treat your mother to the most memorable brunch in Dallas, that’ll cost only $25 per person. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Home tour proceeds benefit William Lipscomb Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School, Woodrow Wilson High School, Peak Preparatory School, Lakewood Library and many other Lakewood institutions.
If you haven’t bought your tickets to the tour yet, we have two pairs of tickets to give away here on CandysDirt.com: Just comment below with which home you’re most excited about touring. The contest closes at 4 p.m. tomorrow, so don’t waste a moment!