Fall Home Tour 2017
Avenue of the Cattle Barons
The 2017 Home Tour was a success, with over 450 people in attendance. The homes, located at 102, 114, and 119 E Kings Highway, were some of the most stately and most renowned in Monte Vista. With each home adjacent to one another, we were able to try a new format this year – blocking the road to vehicular traffic to have a pedestrian-friendly event, with a central tent where people could convene.
Attendees had the opportunity to see the inside of three truly grandiose homes – all of which have undergone recent restorations by their current owners, who went to painstaking lengths to retain the original architectural details.
In addition to the traditional self-guided tour of the homes, we offered a history talk by neighborhood historian, Gerry Frost, followed by a guided history walk, along Kings Highway. We heard plenty of positive feedback from those who were able to attend one of the two sessions during the day, which focused on the history of Kings Highway and the Summit Place Development, as the area was originally known.
Throughout the day, we had entertainment provided by the Tagnabbit Barbershop Quartet, as well as by swing dancers from Alamo City Swing, at the main tent. We also had food available for those who wanted to take a break, and get a refreshing bite to eat before returning to the celebrated homes for more tours. MVHA had a booth selling fiesta medals from past years, and The King William Association was offering its new book for sale, The King William Area.
“Thank you” to the Banklers, the Hixons, and the Fishmans, for opening their homes to this year’s attendees. And a hearty “Thanks!” to all of those who volunteered, spending many hours to make sure everything would come together on the day of the Home Tour. And finally, ”Thank you!” to all of our wonderful sponsors who made this year’s tour possible, and who offered the financial support that has allowed the MVHA to continue to give back to the community.