Jacksonville Home Spring 2013 : Page 24
e ure  e words by Ashlee Gaudet • photos by Ed Wackrow On any given weekend, visitors and residents of the Riverside Avondale neighbor-hood can be seen soaking in the beauty and charm of this historic vicinity. For one weekend, though, casual passersby, history buffs and home design aﬁcionados are offered the chance to explore the interiors of the picturesque homes and businesses that make this area so unique. The 39th Annual Riverside Avondale Preservation Spring Tour of Homes takes place on April 27 and 28 . Here's a sneak peek of the gorgeous abodes and stops featured on this year's tour. 24 Home : S P R I N G 2 0 1 3
Riverside Avondale Preservation Tour Of Homes
12 historic buildings open their doors to visitors for an annual springtime fundraiser.<br /> <br /> On any given weekend, visitors and residents of the Riverside Avondale neighborhood can be seen soaking in the beauty and charm of this historic vicinity. For one weekend, though, casual passersby, history buffs and home design aficionados are offered the chance to explore the interiors of the picturesque homes and businesses that make this area so unique. The 39th Annual Riverside Avondale Preservation Spring Tour of Homes takes place on April 27 and 28. Here's a sneak peek of the gorgeous abodes and stops featured on this year's tour.<br /> <br /> GET YOUR TICKETS<br /> <br /> The Tour of Homes takes place Saturday, April 27, 10 AM-5 PM, and Sunday, April 28, noon-5 PM. Buy tickets early this year and save $5 off the purchase price; the early bird special is $15. Tickets can also be purchased the weekend of the tour for $20 and RAP members receive a $2 discount. Ticket locations include the RAP office (2705 Riverside Ave.), Cowford Traders (3563 St. Johns Ave.), Phillips Garden Store (4234 Herschel St.), Fans and Stoves Antique Mall (1059 Park St.), Bold Bean Coffee Roasters (869 Stockton St.), Design Additions (3569 St. Johns Ave.), Watson Realty (4194 San Juan Ave.) And the Riverside Arts Market information booth (located at the riverside avenue entrance on Saturdays 10 AM-4 PM). Tickets may also be purchased online at 2013HomeTour.eventbrite.com. More info at RiversideAvondale.org.<br /> <br /> LISTEN IN <br /> <br /> Explore a few highlights of this historical neighborhood with Riverside Avondale Preservation’s free podcast walking tour, which starts at the Riverside Arts Market (located under the Fuller Warren Bridge) and ends in Historic Five Points.<br /> <br /> The tour is available as an mp3 or video file (available at riversideavondale.org or Apple iTunes), lasts approximately one hour and spans 20 of the neighborhood’s blocks, discussing educational elements and fun historical facts for 40 of Riverside’s most fascinating buildings.<br /> <br /> The podcast charts the neighborhood's dramatic growth after the Great Fire of 1901 and analyzes the burst of architectural innovation that has made Riverside Avondale the most architecturally diverse neighborhood in Florida.<br /> <br /> BIKE TOUR <br /> <br /> Participate in the Home Tour on bike this year when you join the annual City Cycle group tour on Saturday, April 27, at 10 AM. It takes about three hours to visit all the homes on tour by bike. More at WorldFamousCityCycle.com.<br /> <br /> SAVE YOUR STUBS!<br /> <br /> Present your ticket stub from this year’s Home Tour at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens to receive one free admission with the purchase of one regular admission at full price. This offer is valid the entire week of the Tour (April 27-May 5). While you’re there, explore La Florida, an exhibit which celebrates 500 years of Florida art, and find your own inspiration in the Cummer’s three gardens.<br /> <br /> STYLE IN FULL BLOOM <br /> <br /> Each year during the Home Tour, beautiful flower arrangements are donated by local florists. These arrangements are custom-made to perfectly accent the home in which they are placed. Featured floral artists for this year’s tour include Anita’s Garden Shop, Fireflies Gardens and Flowers, Flowers by Pat, Gardner’s Ortega Florist, Glenn Certain, Kay Armstrong, Publix, St. Johns Flower Market and Whole Foods’ Florist.