Mother’s Day Downtown Historic Home, Garden, and Architectural Tour
The Downtown Neighborhoods Association (DNA) is holding its biennial Mother’s Day Historic Home Tour, Sunday May 8th, 2016, 11:00am – 3:00pm. The Downtown Neighborhoods (west of downtown between Central and Mountain Rd) is comprised of several distinct neighborhoods. This year’s tour will feature homes in the 4th Ward Historic District and the 8th and Forrester Historic District. The Historic Overlay Zones were designated by the city to protect areas of historical, architectural or cultural significance. Many of the houses in these neighborhoods are also, on the Register of National and State Historical Places. The Downtown Neighborhoods feature houses that reflect the diverse materials and architectural styles that sprang up as Albuquerque expanded from Old Town to New Town with the railroad and all of its influences.
Today you can still see American Foursquare, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Territorial, Pueblo Style adobe, Victorian, Prairie Style, Bungalows and Craftsman throughout our neighborhoods. Many of the homes on the tour have been lovingly restored to their original splendor with modern conveniences. Progress is also being made as some homes are being renovated with a respect for the past and a nod to the future, while in-fill projects are also keeping the neighborhood vibrant and diverse.
Also featured in the 2016 Tour, will be Lew Wallace Elementary School, “Built in 1934, it’s the first of many New Mexico projects of the Public Works Administration, a federal New Deal program to counteract the Great Depression of 1929-1942. Lew Wallace, a US Army general during the mid-19th century, governed the New Mexico Territory from 1878 to 1881. He’s better known for writing the Biblical-era historical novel, Ben Hur.”
Come spend the day with us, tour some of the oldest, most exciting and beautiful houses in Albuquerque. The money we raise will support a variety of community projects and events such as the Harwood Arts Center, the Lew Wallace Elementary School Mariachi and Dance programs, The Downtown Grower’s Market, neighborhood beautification and a tree reforestation project.
DNA and ABQ Trolley (The Albuquerque Tourism and Sight Seeing Factory) will offer complimentary trolley stops at designated points along the tour route, but not at individual homes. The students at Lew Wallace Elementary will be presenting portraits of our historic homes, with an Art exhibit to showcase their work in homes along the tour and at Lew Wallace Elementary School.
Special Limited Availability “Dine and Discover” Tickets, including a fabulous luncheon at a nearby restaurant and a Historic Home Tour Ticket, (refer to the DNA Website for full details) (Ticket cost TBA)
Food and drink will be available from some of the best food trucks in town at Lew Wallace Elementary School playground area at 7th and Roma.