For nearly three decades, Preservation Austin has invited architecture lovers and design fiends to step inside some of the most beautiful historic homes in the city. This year, however, the self-guided tour returns on April 27 with a crafty new approach to curating its favorite dwellings.
The Art of the Craftsman Style, the 27th edition of the Preservation Austin Homes Tour, will showcase seven of the finest examples of Craftsman-style homes around town.
The one-day tour was designed to coincide with the Harry Ransom Center's upcoming exhibition, "The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America." In the show, the HRC examines how a backlash to the mass production of the Industrial Revolution led to the British Arts and Crafts movement and, in turn, the rise of the American Craftsman.
"Here in America, magazines and pattern books diffused the movement’s principles into the wildly popular Craftsman style, embracing its picturesque aesthetic and democratic spirit to produce quality housing (albeit with machine-made components) for middle and working-class families," explained tour organizers in a release.
Preservation Austin Homes Tour will further illustrate this link, opening doors to to the history of this beloved architectural era while also showcasing modern upgrades, stunning interior design, and, naturally, historic preservation.
Though the locations of all seven houses will not be revealed until mid-March, the three sneak peeks do hint that North University and East Austin are among the neighborhoods selected the 2019 tour.
Early-bird tickets are currently on sale, and priced a $25 for Preservation Austin members, and $35 for non-members. After April 2, the prices increase to $30 for members and $40 for non-members.