69th Annual IPC Holiday House Tour
For 69 years, a Moveable Feast with a Mission
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018
1 pm - 5 pm
Christmas greetings! Welcome to the 69th Annual Holiday House tour. Please join us as we celebrate the season and its message of hope. We invite you inside several homes and to stop by the church for tea and cookies as you help us raise money for three ministries supporting families in the Birmingham area.
Homes featured on the 2018 Tour:
Home of Kalli and Andrew Delaney
The Delaney's home was completely renovated in 2014 by residential designer Matt Costanzo of MVC Residential Design and was inspired by shingle-style homes in the northeast. The design took advantage of an unusual-shaped lot with an angled rear property line that also offered a wider front façade than most homes in the area. Attention to detail is evident in the custom millwork, nailhead trim doors, beams, marble and hardware. In 2018, Catherine Pringle Design provided the interior decorating for the current homeowners. Using the architectural details as the starting point, Catherine combined timeless design with contemporary elements. The furnishings chosen are elegant yet practical, making the home an inviting space for this young family to enjoy.
Home of Jay Draper and Mark Thompson
The home of Jay Draper and Mark Thompson was built between 1912-1914 as Clairmont Terrace Apartments. It has the feel of a big city brownstone within the quiet neighborhood of Forest Park. The interior is collected and comfortable, full of ideas for small spaces. Mark and Jay both have inherited family heirlooms and these items add to the warmth and graciousness of the condominium. The two own SHOPPE, the garden and home store that is only a quick walk up Clairmont Avenue.
Home of Val and George Holman
The Holman’s have built and renovated several homes in Birmingham over the years. This home with its understated French exterior and modern interior brings together the best of the mid-century modern home they renovated most recently and the French home they built previously. George’s siblings have a love and talent for home design and construction. The Holman’s house was designed by his brother, Richard, decorated by his sister, Mary Lib and built by George’s company. The modern architectural open interior well-appointed with their collection of antique furnishings provides for the casual and open air entertaining Val and George enjoy.
Home of Alice and Bob Schleusner
The Schleusner home is the third they have built with a design by architect James Carter. It is also the 20th and last home in the charming cul- de- sac of Highland Crescent, built on the former site of John Carroll High School. A traditional English Tudor facade is an eclectic mix of antique and modern, showcasing both trends and tradition. It was designed for easy living and entertaining. Interesting features include a patio fountain (aka hot tub), an outdoor kitchen, and a (future) caregiver apartment.
Independent Presbyterian Church
Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Avenue
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. In the past, 100% of ticket sales go to the following IPC ministries:
For more than 100 years, IPC has risen to the challenge of providing a place for inspired worship and fellowship and especially as a place for service. Here the hungry obtain food, the needy receive help, and children are tutored in reading, and are nurtured and loved.
The IPC Food Pantry helps put food on our neighbor's tables. Roughly 25 families receive non-perishable food items each week.
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!