Candlelight House Tour
43rd Annual Candlelight House Tour is Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016
Historic Homes and Landmarks in Capitol Neighborhood to be Featured
Historic Harrisburg Association will present its 43rd Annual Candlelight House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 6 PM, featuring historic homes and buildings of significance in Harrisburg’s Capitol Neighborhood. The Tour will feature a variety of single family residences with both traditional and stunning adaptive reuse living spaces, condominium and loft spaces in major downtown buildings recently converted to residential use, and other important landmarks that reflect the city’s architectural heritage.
A total of 16 properties are included on the tour, and they may be visited in any order. In addition, a number of downtown restaurants, coffee houses and bistros will offer special prices and discounts for holders of Candlelight Tour tickets.
“This year’s tour offers a rich and complete urban experience,” said Robin Schuldenfrei and Jeb Stuarts, co-chairs of the 2016 tour committee. “We want our tourgoers to discover the most avante garde urban living spaces and lifestyles, along with meticulously preserved historic homes that are more than 200 years old. Living downtown and in the Capitol Neighborhood has never been more vibrant than it is today!”
The Civic Club of Harrisburg’s English-Tudor-style mansion at 612 N. Front Street, will serve as the host property where same-day of the tour tickets will be sold and light refreshments and treats may be purchased.
The Capitol Neighborhood remains the “front door” community of the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex. Smart zoning and historic district protections over the years have preserved this historic neighborhood to both respect its Capitol setting and to discourage if not to prevent the demolition of properties which exemplify Harrisburg’s traditional character, particularly as anchored by the prestigious boulevard of State Street; an icon of and tribute to the nation’s City Beautiful Movement.
Launched by Historic Harrisburg in 1973, the Candlelight House Tour is the oldest and biggest tour of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Over its 43-year history, literally hundreds of historic homes and landmarks have been opened to a cumulative audience that now numbers in the tens of thousands. More than 1,000 persons attended the 2015 tour.
Advance Tickets at discounted prices may be ordered on line at www.historicharrisburg.com. When the tickets (which are a 64-page guidebook describing all tour properties, with maps, parking suggestions and a special Harrisburg restaurant section) are printed in late November, they may be purchased at various East and West Shore locations; contact Historic Harrisburg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.233.4646 for information. Day-of-tour tickets, Sunday, Dec. 11, will be $25 and will be available only at the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center, 1230 N. Third Street, or the Civic Club of Harrisburg, 612 N. Front Street.