Arlington Home & Garden Tour

Spring show house season is in full bloom, and if you’re a fan of them, here’s another one to consider for this weekend: The Arlington Home & Garden Tour on April 30.

This tour benefits the Arlington-based Love Quilt Project, which produces and sends handmade quilts to South African children who suffer from or are orphaned as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Here are the homes you’ll see:


This is my favorite house, because I wrote about it for Home & Design Magazine! Architect David Ricks designed a whole-house renovation in Lyon Park, which includes a new master suite and balcony that sits atop a lovely screened porch in back.


Designer Kathryn Ivey has since decorated the interiors, and I can’t wait to see her work, which wasn’t complete when these photos were taken.



The second house is another dramatic transformation, orchestrated by architect Charles Moore. Architect Jordan Campbell on Moore’s staff took the 1934 house down to its foundation and rebuilt it to more than double its size, with an open layout that alludes to the past with Old-Arlington architectural details.


I did a Google Maps search on this address and found the “before” picture. Wow. Campbell recycled as much of the old house as possible in constructing the new one.



The next house used to be a 1950s Colonial. Architect Gretchen Ginnerty pulled the house closer to the street and revamped the interiors, nearly doubling its square footage. She also brought a driveway up to the house so her clients wouldn’t have to climb 35 steps up from the street. Those who come through the house will notice the owners’ New Orleans roots.



The final house is still a work in progress, but visitors will be able to walk through the nearly-finished modern home designed by architect Randall Mars. My favorite details are the entry, which is clad in mahogany, and the family room that’s paneled in Ipe wood.


This tour has got a great combination of diverse architectural styles, and I’m excited to tour the interiors. Tickets are $25, and here’s the link to purchase them.