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12th Annual Berthoud Historic Home Tour
Posted By Gary Wamsley On June 15, 2010 @ 10:26 pm In News | Comments Disabled
On June 19 from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m., the Berthoud Historical Society will be opening doors to Colorado history with the 12th Annual Berthoud Historic Home Tour.
Known as Colorado’s “Garden Spot,” the Town of Berthoud boasts a contemporary small-town feel and a rich history, while remaining a dynamic spot for growth on Colorado’s Front Range. With the Berthoud Historic Homes Tour, visitors have first-hand look into the architectural and design heritage of this Colorado community while strolling the tree-lined streets of Berthoud on June 19 with the popular Berthoud Historic Home Tour.
Visitors can take pleasant, short walking tour around town as the homes, historic meeting hall, and church opening their doors, providing a glimpse into historic architectural cornerstones of Berthoud living.
The 2010 tour features two residences- the John Bell House and the W. E. Johnson House. Constructed in 1906 by prominent Berthoud builder John A. Bell, the Bell House served as Bell’s personal residence in Berthoud. A few streets away, the handcrafted brick home of W. E. “Gene” Johnson, a rural Berthoud mail carrier, was constructed in 1947 and is reflective of the Post-World War II lifestyle in the community.
Also open for the tour is the First Presbyterian Church of Berthoud. The Church was one of John A. Bell’s last building projects, constructed from 1949 to 1950. Designed by noted Denver architect R. Ewing Stifler, the beautiful church continues to provide a home for the First Presbyterian Congregation today as they celebrate 125 years of fellowship in the Berthoud community in 2010.
Located in Berthoud’s charming downtown district, the Odd Fellows Hall proves a special treat for tour-takers as the Hall opens its doors to the public for the first time in 10 years. Dating to 1901, the sprawling, multi-room loft served as a meeting hall for Berthoud’s Odd Fellows social society and features a unique peek at the authentic interior of the society space.
Local docents will be on hand to guide visitors through the each of the buildings and offer up each structure’s special story. A self-guided walking tour allows visitors to arrange their stops in any order they would like.
With the Berthoud Historic Home Tours, visitors from all over have a chance to celebrate the architecture and design of historical sites in a convenient Front Range location, as well as experience the small-town delight of modern day Berthoud as the doors open, welcoming everyone to experience the special heritage of this Colorado town.
For more information, please contact: 970-532-1916
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