Wednesday, January 23, 2008

8th annual Mesa historic home tour coming up Jan. 26

[Source:] -- Mesa’s 8th Annual Historic Home Tour will be held Saturday, January 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will include visits to eight homes in the West Second Street Historic District in addition to a variety of historic buildings, such as the 1896 Sirrine House Museum (pictured at left), Irving School, Queen of Peace Church, and the Womens Club of Mesa. “The home tour highlights Mesa’s historic roots and the importance of preserving our heritage,” Mesa Historical Museum President and CEO Lisa Anderson said. The eight homes in the West Second Street Historic District are outstanding examples of restored historic homes of various architectural types, including Mission Revival, Tudor Revival, and Spanish Colonial.

Mesa High School students are helping by researching the buildings on the tour, drawing architectural diagrams, and building scale models of the houses, which will be presented to the homeowners. The students are part of an architecture class under the direction of Bob Chambers, Industrial Technology Teacher at Mesa High School. Tickets for the home tour cost $25. They include visits to more than a dozen historic buildings, complimentary lunch at RigaTony’s, a visit to the Mesa Historical Museum, dessert at the museum, and a souvenir book and map to locations. Tickets are available online at and at Mesa Historical Museum (480-835-7358), RigaTony’s in Mesa (480- 649-3333), Domestic Bliss (480-733-0552), and Antique Wedding House (480-649-1934). All proceeds benefit the Mesa Historical Museum. The City of Mesa Office of Historic Preservation, RigaTony’s, The Arizona Republic, and Americopy are sponsoring the home tour.