September 28, 2011

Historic Salisbury Foundation 35th Annual October Tour of Historic Properties ~ Open House Opportunity!

For the past 35 years, Salisbury has set aside the second weekend of October for a tour of eight to ten historic properties. Meticulously planned and organized by the Historic Salisbury Foundation, October Tour stands among the elite historic home tours of North Carolina. It is a short course in architecture, history, restoration and antiques. It has also provided the foundation with funds that helped save or protect some 100 older homes from demolition.

The 2011 tour will take place on Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 9th from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Among the historic properties that will be shown on this year's OctoberTour are:

Bernhardt House c. 1882
Maxwell House c. 185
The Bernhardt House is a unique property that acts as a cornerstone to the entrance of historic downtown Salisbury. This significant landmark is a wonderful example of a 2-story, late Victorian, reflecting the two successive phases of the Italianate style. It sits on its original site and was updated in 1999. Most recent updates include a new roof, new exterior paint, floor repair, new bath fixtures, and fresh interior paint. 
The house has been used as a commercial building with 4 large office spaces. The property is close to the commercial and entertainment area of Fisher Street with plenty of parking in the back. The Bernhardt House is individually listed on the National Register and qualifies for NC Tax Credits. Property has a Preservation Agreement.

Seller will consider a Lease Option to Purchase with a qualified buyer.

Reynolds House c. 1916
Tickets: A ticket allows one visit to each tour site and can be used on Saturday and/or Sunday. Tickets are non-refundable. All tickets online will be held at ‘will call’ which is located at the Henderson Law Office, corner of West Fisher and South Church Streets.
Torrence House c. 1839
Advance Tickets: $18 for Historic Salisbury Foundation members, $20 for non-members. Children (6-12) $10. Groups (10 or more) $18 each.
Tour Day Tickets: $20 for everyone. Available at the Henderson Law Office on West Fisher and South Jackson Streets or at any Tour location.

"Great" Legends "GREAT" OFFER! Every year, the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society ( hosts the North Carolina Symphony ( and this year William Henry Curry will conduct Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain; Grieg, Suite from Peer Gynt; and Schubert, Symphony No. 9, “The Great” on October 8th. What a great opportunity to hear North Carolina’s state orchestra and take in historic Salisbury!
Special ticket package: The HSF has partnered with the Salisbury Symphony and the Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn on packages that include discounts on overnight stays and tickets to both OctoberTour and this concert. Special room rates will be offered in combination with two discounted tickets to OctoberTour and two discounted tickets to the North Carolina Symphony concert the evening of October 8th.

For more information about each "GREAT" Offer, contact the hotel of your choice:

Comfort Suites: 1040 East Innes Street, Salisbury. Call 704-630-0065 for package details.
Hampton Inn: 1001 Klumac Road, Salisbury. Call 800-426-7866 for package details.
Holiday Inn: 530 S. Jake Alexander Blvd., Salisbury. Call 1-800-HOLIDAY for package details.
TOUR HOURS: Saturday 10 am to 5:30 pm Sunday Noon to 5:30 pm.

Greg Rapp will be hosting not one, but TWO historic property open houses. These special houses are not formally part of Historic Salisbury Foundation's annual fund raiser, but should not be missed if you are out to see the beauty and practicality of living in a historic residence!  
414 Park Avenue c. 1900 ~ $89,900

429 Park Avenue & 414 Park Avenue homes, both circa 1900 dwellings that are currently on the market, will be open for viewing Saturday October 8th from 1:00pm ~ 4:00pm.

Be sure to stop by, meet Greg, and find the historic home you've been looking for!

414 Park Avenue, already a jewel in the neighborhood's crown, will be a masterpiece when restoration is complete. The large renovated kitchen features granite counter tops.  French doors open to the renovated dining room. The kitchen features a walk-in pantry and rear mudroom that opens to a walled patio space. The first floor ceiling height reaches 11 ft. in most rooms. Numerous original features still remain in this 4,000 sq. ft. home.

429 Park Avenue c. 1900 ~ $142,500
429 Park Avenue is a shining example of how a house can be transformed and in doing so, transforms the neighborhood!

This 2300 sq. ft. circa 1900 single story Queen Anne Victorian has been meticulously restored.  Original heart pine floors and original moldings have been restored in many rooms to a soft gleam.  Fireplaces boast original mantels, beveled mirrors, tile work, and iron screens.
The 500 square foot wrap-around front porch is the most identifying feature of this specimen home. 

Be sure to give Greg Rapp a call at 703.213.6846 to know more about this open-house opportunity on Saturday October 8th, 2011 ~ from 1pm to 4pm, the Historic October Tour, or any of the other fabulous historic homes for sale in Salisbury North Carolina! 

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