The event’s signature Historic Home Tour this year features four residences built over 100 years ago, along with a fifth that’s nearly 85 years old. Meanwhile, the free street fair, also running from 10am to 4pm, offers the kind of festivity, food, drink and hip shopping that South Park has become famous for in the 21st century.
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Produced by the South Park Business Group, which also invites the public to its quarterly Walkabouts throughout the year, the Old House Fair is an opportunity to celebrate the unique architecture and charms of older homes such as the Craftsman residences lining the neighborhood’s streets.
“South Park’s earliest development dates back to about 1905. By the time the streetcar lines and fire station were completed a few years later, many San Diegans were building and buying residences in the neighborhood, and some were building spec homes,” says Maureen Ceccarelli, long-time Co-Director of the Old House Fair. “In this Tour, you can see a variety of the earliest homes.”
Although the Fair is a free public event, tickets to the Historic Home Tour cost $25 per person. Tickets entitle you to enter and tour each of the 5 homes, with knowledgeable docents guiding you to the most interesting rooms and features. The homes are open all day, from 10am to 4pm on June 18th, and ticket-holders visit at their leisure. Some of the homes are within walking distance of the Fair and Ticket Booth, and a free trolley shuttle is available as well.
“Tour-goers will also want to plan time exploring the street fair, where SOHO and several exhibitors will have booths answering questions and providing services to repair, restore and revive older homes,” Maureen explains. “And they’ll want to spend time browsing the Artists’ and Vintage Row sections, enjoy our food and live entertainment too.”
New to the Old House Fair festival this year is South Park Brewing Co.’s “Boutique Biergarten” on 30th St., which joins the Buona Forchetta Pizza Party and Gelato Shop on Beech St. Several other food vendors participate as well.
Local favorites will entertain on the Music Stage sponsored by Whistle Stop, including the Marcia Forman Band, and the dancers of Paloma Arte Flamenco. Urban Safaris offers a free neighborhood walking tour in the afternoon as well.
Everyone attending will receive a free Program and Resource Guide, an informative booklet with maps, historical and design information, and resources for future reference.
Complete info is available on www.TheOldHouseFair.com, including advance purchase of Historic Home Tour tickets. The public may also phone (619) 233-6679 for information and directions to the event.