Barber Houses of Parkridge Home Tour
October 12th, 1-5pm
The Historic Parkridge neighborhood in Knoxville will be hosting the 2013 Barber Houses of Parkridge Home Tour on Saturday, October 12, from 1-5 p.m. Present-day Parkridge encompasses Barber’s Edgewood subdivision which contains many houses built according to early Barber designs, including his own home. The Barber Houses of Parkridge Home Tour invites guests inside six historic homes, and offers a guided walking tour of Barber homes not open to the public.
George F. Barber was a prominent and prolific American “pattern book” architect of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Barber created and sold plans for residences that were built across the United States and in several other countries. He was unique among American architects in creating great architecture for so many different clients. Barber’s firm was in Knoxville and the largest collection of Barber-designed homes is in Knoxville. Barber was known for working with clients to customize his designs to their tastes and needs. As a result, many Barber houses do not exactly match the designs in his pattern books.
Tickets are $10 per person and children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at http://parkridgecommunity.wordpress.com/, or tickets may be purchased until 4 p.m. the day of the tour at Ashley Nicole Park. Parking is available at Ashley Nicole Park on Winona Avenue. Walking is necessary and many houses have steps.