Tickets still available for Historic Tyler home tour

Published on Friday, 28 March 2014 23:48 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Historic Tyler on Tour event, featuring various homes and buildings designed by the late architect Shirley Simons Sr., takes place this weekend.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Homes on the tour are the Pollard-Ellis House, 801 Troup Highway circa 1935; the Wise-Young House, 2001 S. Chilton Ave. circa 1937; the Witherup-Pyron House, 212 W. Dobbs St. circa 1932; St. Gregory Cathedral School, 500 S. College Ave. circa 1946; the Tyler Woman’s Building, 911 S. Broadway Ave. circa 1932; and the Craft-Smith House, 1613 Delano Road circa 1940.

Ginger Haberle, executive director of Historic Tyler Inc., said earlier this month that Simons designed all of the homes and buildings on the tour, and round windows were a trademark of Simons.

“He came here pre-war in the ’20s, when they were just developing Tyler. He really had a big hand in shaping the (city’s) landscape,” she has previously said.

According to information from Historic Tyler, Simons’ projects not on the tour include Tyler City Hall; the U.S. Federal Courthouse on West Ferguson Street; Marvin United Methodist Chapel and sanctuary remodel on West Erwin Street; Mother Frances Hospital on East Dawson Street; East Texas Medical Center on South Beckham Avenue; Tyler Junior College Jenkins Hall and Willowbrook Country Club.

His projects outside of Tyler include the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, projects in Austin, the Angelina Hotel in Lufkin and the San Augustine Courthouse, Ms. Haberle said.

Tickets are available at the Historic Tyler tent in Bergfeld Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. They are $20. Tickets also are available at the homes on the tour during tour hours.

Ms. Haberle said Mary John Spence is the presenting partner for the Historic Tyler On Tour event, which serves as the primary fundraiser for Historic Tyler.

She said the monies are used to supply grants and do preservation projects in Tyler, “to make sure were preserving historic homes and buildings here.”

For more information on Historic Tyler on Tour, call 903-595-1960.