OGDEN — This year’s Fall Historic House Tour and its tie-in to a recently created arts district in Ogden came together through sheer happenstance.
Hosted by the Weber County Heritage Foundation, the show is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 8. It will feature eight historic homes along or near Madison Avenue.
Kate Stewart, vice president of the WCHF, said the homes range from modest cottages to large estates and are “loaded with late 1800s and early 1900s charm.” Stewart said many of the homes feature original details, things like preserved woodwork, leaded glass and ornately carved fireplaces.
It was Stewart’s wandering, non-specific search through her social media pages that sparked the tour’s 2018 location.
“I just happened to come across this Instagram account (of Janelle Phipps), which showed her and her husband remodeling this old house,” Stewart said. “It just sparked my interest.”
Phipps and her husband David have revamped their home on Madison and have work going on several other properties in the area as well. Stewart said once she found out where the homes were — in the heart of Ogden’s Nine Rails Creative District — she knew where this year’s show should be.
“It was just kind of kismet,” Stewart said. “It’s interesting because I’ve had people say, ‘Madison Avenue? Really? Are there nice homes there?’ But there’s a lot going on there and I think some people will be surprised.”
The Nine Rails District, which was approved by the Ogden City Council earlier this month, is a large section of the city that has been formally designated as a place where artists and other creatives can live and collaborate.
The heart of the district is bounded by Washington Boulevard to the west and Jefferson Avenue to the east, between 24th and 26th streets. The district area would extend west to Historic 25th Street, north to The Junction, and east into the east-central neighborhood.
The district will include dedicated connections between each of those locations, supported by arts-based infrastructure.
Stewart said the district holds some of Ogden’s most unique, historic architecture. She said although many of the homes on this year’s tour fell into disrepair during the 1980s and 1990s, they’ve come under new ownership during the last decade or so and have seen significant restoration.
Each home on the tour was once occupied by a prominent Ogden citizen, Stewart said. Previous homeowners include a journalist, a grocer, a judge, a saloon owner, a cabinetmaker, a bookshop owner, a lumber dealer and a former Ogden City Mayor Abbott Heywood.
“The variety of the former tenants’ occupations, home sizes, and life circumstances are a proud representation of the eclectic variety of people who lived and worked in Ogden,” Stewart said.
Advance sale tickets for the tour are $15 and will be sold through Sept. 7 at the Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave., or online at webercountyheritagefoundation.com. Event day tickets are $20 and will only be sold at the Weber County Main Library, 2468 Jefferson Ave.
For more information, the public call Stewart at 801-450-6563.
Proceeds from the 2018 home tour will go toward restoration of the Doughboy statue in the Ogden City Cemetery.