68th Annual IPC Holiday House Tour
For 68 years, a Moveable Feast with a Mission
Saturday, December 9, 2017
10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017
1 pm - 5 pm
Christmas greetings! Welcome to the 68th Annual Holiday House tour. Please join us as we celebrate the season and its message of hope. This year's tour will feature two condominiums in Birmingham's oldest condominium building, as well as three gorgeous homes and Independent Presbyterian Church decorated for Christmas. We invite you inside each of these homes and to stop by the church for tea and cookies as you help us raise money for three ministries providing educational opportunities for women and children in the Birmingham area.
Please check back soon for more pictures and information about the homes on this year's tour!
This year's tour will feature:
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Adams
Inspiration for the Adam’s Georgian home on Old Leeds Road came from one of the original owner’s home state of Virginia. Built by attorney Eason Balch and his wife, Betsy, in 1984, the house is filled with bookcases, 20 foot ceilings and high windows and doors spanning the back of the house to overlook the terrace and pool. Light fills the home and helps showcase artwork and family antiques collected by current owners Tom and Paula Adams. The home’s classical architecture comes alive with a transitional decorating style bringing together the art, antiques and contemporary furnishings.
Home of Dr. Tommy Bice and Mr. Ken Northrup
Built in 1981 with its signature Mansard roof, Hanover Place provides its residents with panoramic views of the Birmingham skyline to the north, Sloss Furnace and the Airport to the east, Red Mountain and Vulcan to the south and Regions and historic Legion Field to the west as it towers over the tree-lined Highland Park neighborhood. Limited to sixteen 2,400 square foot units, residents who desire the comfort and convenience of upscale, urban living without sacrificing space call Hanover Place home.
Step in the home of Ken Northrup and Tommy Bice for spectacular city views, a recently renovated kitchen and an intricate ceramic nativity set carved by Ken’s grandmother. It’s a true treasure!
A second condo in the same building is also part of the tour.
Home of Mr. T. Chris Carter and Mr. John Dorsett
Built in 1981 with its signature Mansard roof, Hanover Place provides its residents with panoramic views of the Birmingham skyline to the North, Sloss Furnace and the Airport to the east, Red Mountain and Vulcan to the south and Regions and historic Legion Field to the west as it towers over the tree-lined Highland Park neighborhood. Limited to sixteen 2,400 square foot units, residents who desire the comfort and convenience of upscale, urban living without sacrificing space call Hanover Place home.
Everything old is new again inside the home of Chris Carter and John Dorsett. Carter downsized from a larger home to this condo, which contains a lifelong, eclectic collection of his favorite things.
Another condo in the same building is also part of the tour.
Independent Presbyterian Church
Founded in 1915, the church was designed by Warren, Knight and Davis architect William Warren. The sanctuary and parlor will be decorated by IPC members and a Christmas Tea will be available both days for ticket holders in the church’s Great Hall.
Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online, at each house or at Independent Presbyterian Church during tour hours. 100% of ticket sales go to the following IPC ministries:
One of IPC's first and oldest missions, the Children's Fresh Air Farm has evolved into a six-week summer learning program for under-served children in the greater Birmingham area. Students begin this program after completing a year in the STAIR program (Start The Adventure In Reading)
This IPC ministry opened its doors in 2016 to provide free basic literacy, GED and English as a Second Language classes to people in the North Avondale and Kingston Communities. Free childcare is also provided to the participants. This is a partnership with the Literacy Council of Central Alabama and Jeffersonson State Community College.
STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) works with Birmingham City Schools to identify second graders who are reading below grade level. Volunteer tutors work with these students one-on-one to improve reading skills and self esteem.
Please Note: We regret there is limited disabled access at the private homes. Downloadable directions coming soon!