See some of the most striking homes and buildings in the Ypsilanti area at the 21st annual Ypsilanti Holiday Home Tour. Over the years, thousands of visitors and residents have attended the home tour to discover Ypsilanti’s historical beauty and charm.
Each house will feature holiday décor and a festive atmosphere. Beverages, appetizers and desserts will be on the menu from many area restaurants. Price of the ticket includes a tour of several historic homes and an afterglow reception at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum.
One of the homes on the tour is a beautiful residence nearly 100 years old. Constructed in 1924, the residence at 1104 Pearl Street has an empowering legacy of being owned mostly by single women. Lani Chisnell is today’s owner and you’ll have the opportunity to see how she transformed a house with rather awkward features into a stunning arts and crafts gem. She has filled her home with local treasures collected over the years, as well as a beautiful stained-glass window made by her father. Be sure to ask Lani about her plans for transforming her garage (hint: it may involve her amazing gardening skills).
Ypsilanti has a storied history in the automotive industry. One of the destinations on this year’s Holiday Home Tour is the Queen’s Residence Bed and Breakfast at 220 South Huron Street. Henry Ford visited the home many times. In fact, he gave a gift to the second owner of the home – a beautiful 1783 tavern that is now located in the basement of the home. You’ll step back in time as you admire antiques and collectibles in every room. The house has a spacious living room with soaring ceilings where innkeepers Marla and Joe Queen offer ballroom dancing lessons. The house is sure to entice your senses and imagination.
After enjoying the Historic Home tour, the evening will end at the iconic Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum for the afterglow reception. The event is Saturday, December 2nd 2017. Participants can visit one or all of the homes between 4 pm and 9 pm. Attire for the event is casual and most people dress for a holiday party. The afterglow reception is 8 pm to 11 pm.
All ticket sales go directly to supporting Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels meal delivery for the homebound elderly, ill and medically fragile in Eastern Washtenaw County.