Cozy cottages, grand mansions, hidden gardens and a spectacular roofdeck: this year’s Charlestown Preservation Society Historic House Tour has all this and more.
The 2010 house tour, coming Saturday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature eight houses representing the full range of Charlestown’s historic house styles, from a modest worker’s cottage built in 1840 to an elegant bowfront mansion. The tour also includes Engine House No. 50, Charlestown’s historic working firehouse.
The tour starts at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club, 15 Green St., where visitors can buy tickets and pick up tour booklets. The tour will be held rain or shine. A free shuttle is available to take visitors to the tour houses.
Tickets also include admission to a gala post-tour party and silent auction from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club. Auction items can be viewed and bid on all day.
Tour proceeds help fund initiatives to preserve Charlestown’s architectural heritage and quality of life, including college scholarships, grants to community organizations, and major preservation projects like the recent restoration of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the Charlestown Training Field.
Tickets are available in advance at $20 for CPS members and $25 for non-members. On tour day prices are $25 for CPS members and $30 for non-members. Tickets can be bought online at www.charlestownpreservation.org, or at Charlestown florists, gift shops and real estate offices.