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Preview of House & Garden Tour
On Sunday May 1st, Historic Takoma invites you to come explore 14 American Craftsman houses in the Willow-Park-Valley View neighborhood of Takoma Park. Unlike Takoma's first round of construction, when grander Victorians prevailed, the early 1900s ushered in a shift to cozy, more affordable homes.
The expanding suburb of Takoma Park was perfectly positioned to fill this demand. Developers had recently platted new sections of land between Maple and Carroll Avenues, awaiting buyers.
Meanwhile, a new Arts and Crafts Movement advocated simple, functional designs with an emphasis on craftsmanship. First formulated in England, these principles had been brought to America by Gustav Stickley and translated into affordable family-centered homes, which he called Craftsman.
Stickley is best known as a furniture maker, but his monthly magazine full of exterior designs, open floor plans, interior decor, furniture, and the use of natural materials, had a profound influence across the country. These ideas found their way to Takoma Park, along with bungalows and all varieties of kit houses.
The Craftsman period waned by the late 1930s, but the homes created then continue to be lovingly maintained, and creatively expanded, as represented by the houses on this tour.
2016 Takoma Park House and Garden Tour
“The American Craftsman”
Sunday May 1
1 - 5 PM
The 43rd annual Takoma Park House and Garden Tour celebrates the Arts and Crafts Movement philosophy, architecture and design as interpreted in this country and Takoma Park in particular. The self-guided walking tour will be focused on Park, Willow, and Spruce Avenues, Valley View and Crescent Place.
Tickets and brochures will be available on the day of the Tour at the corner of Philadelphia and Maple Avenues across from the Takoma Park Library. Tickets are $25 and tour runs rain or shine.