Charming! That’s what Lake Bluff is known for, and it doesn’t get more charming than the Lake Bluff History Museum’s Christmas Home Tour. The 2019 tour of local homes decked out in holiday finery takes place December 8 from 11 am to 4 pm, giving visitors an opportunity to experience each homeowner’s unique style while gathering ideas to use in their own homes.
Unfortunately, the David Adler home featured in the November Forest & Bluff article has withdrawn from the 2019 Christmas Home Tour. While we regret this loss, the tour includes several wonderful homes for participants to enjoy, including a stone gatehouse built in 1925 on the grounds of one of the village’s most significant estates; a circa 1905 Queen Anne home that was commissioned by a major player in the vaudeville circuit who went on to found one of Hollywood’s Big Five movie studios; and a beautifully renovated circa 1955 farmhouse that has a totally unexpected interior, with rooms that radiate from a circular atrium, floor-to-ceiling paintings covering black lacquered walls, and interior decor that includes velvets, antiques and custom-scene wallpaper. The fourth home was on the tour a few years ago and returns in 2019 with new interior décor upstairs and a totally renovated lower-level outfitted at one end as a speak-easy with black lacquered walls and velvet drapes, and at the other end as a teen-age rec room with two bunk beds, a large-screen TV surrounded by comfy seating, and a sport court for practicing indoor hockey.
You don’t want to miss this tour!
“The houses on the tour reflect an eclectic mix of styles,” said Penny Marsh, chair of the Christmas Home Tour. “Many visitors pick up ideas on the tour and use it to jump-start their own holiday decorating.”
Said a homeowner on a previous Christmas Home Tour: “This event is not to be missed. It’s one of the many reasons Lake Bluff is the very best!”
Funds raised from the tour support the museum’s efforts to digitize its collection and mount new exhibits every year, such as the recent Made in Lake Bluff and A Century of Weddings exhibits, and an upcoming exhibit on Lake Bluff’s gem: Lake Michigan.
The 2019 Lake Bluff History Museum Christmas Home Tour takes place December 8 from 11 am to 4 pm, beginning at the Lake Bluff History Museum at 127 E. Scranton Avenue in Lake Bluff. Tickets cost $50 and may be purchased using the “Buy Now” button below.
The museum thanks Forest & Bluff, media sponsor for the Christmas Home Tour.