Old Towne Orange Historic Home Tour November 9-10, 2019
HOME TOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Volunteers are essential for the tour to be successful and we need you. In exchange for working three hours on tour days, you will receive one free ticket. Volunteering is fun for anyone who enjoys older homes and it's a tremendous way to support the community. If you’d like to help out, send us an email at email@example.com or leave a message on our hotline at 714.639.6840.
2019 Historic Home Tour Saturday & Sunday, November 9 - 10 10 am to 4 pm
Don’t miss this extraordinary self-guided exploration of Old Towne residential treasures featuring magnificent examples of historic architecture and exceptional landscape.
The self-guided walking tour, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will begin at the Orange Library located at 407 E. Chapman Avenue. There, you will pick up your brochure (your ticket). Available lot parking at the library.
TICKETS $25 – OTPA Members $30 – Non-members Tickets may be purchased online up to Friday, November 8, 5pm. After that, tickets may only be purchased at Will Call on tour days. TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED OUT IN ADVANCE. Guests must check in at the Will Call Center located at the Orange Public Library, 407 E. Chapman Avenue. There, you will receive a home tour brochure which is your ticket. You may want to break up the tour and go on both Saturday and Sunday but please bear in mind you may enter the homes only once.
TOUR HOURS Homes/commercial buildings will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. Will Call will be open from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Typically, you can plan to spend two to three hours seeing all the homes.
PARKING Mostly street parking.
RESTROOMS Restrooms are available at Will Call @ the Orange Public Library, 407 E. Chapman Avenue.
IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION To receive your home tour brochure (ticket), go to Will Call, located at the Orange Main Library, 407 E. Chapman Avenue. The brochure includes a map and detailed descriptions of all tour homes.
• Visitors must wear soft-heeled shoes to protect flooring in the homes, nohigh heels. Booties are provided and must be worn over shoes or socks.
• Visitors must be able to negotiate stairs. Sorry, these are old homes and as such, are not handicapped-accessible.
• No smoking, photography, video, food or drinks are permitted in the tour homes or buildings.
• Admission is by brochure only. Lost or stolen tickets will be not be refunded. Sorry, no exceptions.
• Guests may walk or drive themselves to each home. The only available parking is on-street. Please be considerate of the residents and do not block driveways.
• Please, no opening of drawers, cabinets, or closets, handling of furniture or objects.
• We love kids and animals, but sorry, no children under 10 or pets permitted.
• Restrooms are available at the Orange Public Library – Will Call center. Please do not use the restrooms in tour homes.
• Docents will be available to answer your questions, but detailed descriptions of the homes and its inhabitants will be included in your tour brochure.
2017 Historic Home Tour - Another One on the Books!
What a weekend! We had, great weather, a large turnout, and a very smooth operation. Over 1250 guests viewed our 6 properties this year, and the feedback has been terrific. We were very fortunate to have such a diverse assortment of homes this year. Representing several Architectural styles for which Old Towne Orange is famous!
On behalf of OTPA we would like to thank our amazing homeowners for their generous hospitality.
Ted & Debbie Albert
Braid & Carol Mac Donald
Mary and Al Ricci
Bernie Towers and the Coast Soccer League
A special thanks to the Home Tour Committee, we could not have pulled this off without them.
The entire OTPA Board of Directors for their support.
Our Lead Docents for running the show at each of our fantastic homes:
Lisa Blanc, Mary Matuzak, Robert Imboden, Adrian Ober, Vickie Laughlin, Janine Storm, Nancy MacDonald, and Amy Thai.
All of our docents that assisted throughout the weekend, and our Will Call staff at the Library.
Special Thanks to……. Andrea McCullough for taking the lead on our historic research. Ricci Realty for providing transportation with their Trolley. Gary Zdenek of Gary Z Design. John Peters for Floral. Glory Johnson and Wayne Gensler for opening their home for our post tour celebration. Al Ybarra our fabulous chef. Amy Harpster and The Orange Public Library and History Center. The City of Orange for their continued support of OTPA. Wendy Bennett and all past Home Tour Chairs and committees for laying the groundwork. PreserveOC for hosting the “Kick Off” reception at the Hilbert Museum.
And a gracious thanks to you, the members of OTPA and all our guests of the 2017 Historic Home Tour!
Joe Peters OTPA Fund Development and Home Tour Chair
PS - Another fantastic job of coordinating and producing an over-the-top event by Old Towne resident and creative genius extraordinaire, Joe Peters! Thank you, Joe! - OTPA Board of Directors
2015 Historic home tour - It's a wrap!
Another successful OTPA historic home tour is in the rear view mirror!
A note from Wendy Bennett, the Committee Chair of the 2015 Historic Home Tour (who did a fantastic job herself!!):
"The 2015 Historic Home Tour in November– although hindered by a temporary power outage affecting three of the tour properties, an unexpected closure of a home and numerous trolley follies – was a hugely successful event, selling over 1200 tickets and generating a lot of excitement around town!
On behalf of OTPA, I would like to thank the City of Orange for their continuing support, Orange Public Library for allowing us to, again, use their fabulously convenient facility as our home base, and homeowners:
Darryll and Priscilla Keene
Chapman University and Kris and Lori Olsen
Lianna Lawrence and Pam Hargrove
Chip and Leslie Buckley
Steve and Kristi Colburn
The homeowners truly poured their hearts and souls into preparing the interior and exterior of their homes for the tour. A special thank you must also go to docent liaisons Aaron Alduenda, Annalisa Goode, Mary Matuzak, Nancy MacDonald, Amy Thai, and Sue Vaurs. We are grateful for the generosity of Ricci Realty in providing the vintage trolley and a driver the entire weekend, Glory Johnson and Wayne Gensler were wonderful hosts for the finale party, Chef Al Ybarra, the many local florists, Joe Peters for opening his awesome backyard for our pre-tour event and Judy Schroeder and Patty Ricci for adding a special touch by coordinating the display of oil paintings for the pleasure of tour goers. Lastly, we could not have done it without the tireless hours put in by the home tour committee consisting of Carol Craig, Annalisa Goode, Glory Johnson, and Diana Zdenek. I would like to offer special thanks to Andrea Donahue, who spent many, many hours researching the homes and interviewing family members, and also Gary of Gary Z Design, for taking the reins and handling all the details involving graphics and printing.
We hope you'll join us in 2017 for our next historic home tour!