The 45th Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, May 31. On this year’s tour, we have 8 homes, including a wonderful apartment in Patio Gardens Apartments, plus 3 gardens.
This will be the first tour we are holding without Carole Schaffer, a great friend to our neighborhood and the organizing force behind the House Tour for several decades. She died suddenly a few months ago, and this year’s tour will be held in her honor.
(See below for ticket information)
Among the tour’s highlights:
- An 1898 Romanesque Revival style four story townhouse of Roman brick and sandstone trim is among the earliest townhouses in the PLG Historic District. The parlor floor displays the well-preserved original details of plaster moldings and intricate woodwork in the triple parlors. Both front and back windows are ornamented with stained glass. The large ground floor kitchen features a granite island and cherry cabinets. It opens through two sets of French doors to a terraced south-facing garden.
- A 1909 three story limestone, part of a row of 16 comprising the most imposing neo-Renaissance style group in the PLG Historic District. All three gracious floors are filled with art by the homeowner’s Tribeca friends as well as local artists. There are ancestral portraits and heirloom furniture in the dining room. A new kitchen leads to a south-facing garden graced with sculptures, climbing plants, and roses.
- A 1920’s brick duplex townhouse boasts a recent renovation that has created a light-filled open space featuring African masks and images from New Orleans Jazz Festivals. The master bedroom boasts an en suite bathroom detailed with travertine marble and a soaking tub. The ground floor was designed for music and entertaining, and includes two guest rooms and a full bath.
- A 1909 neo-Renaissance two story limestone rowhouse features an open main floor furnished with a Stickley Arts & Crafts dining set. A collection of pottery and baskets and unique items reflecting Japanese ancestry, including a koto and a farmer’s raincoat, are displayed throughout the house. A row of azaleas lines the garden fence and a Japanese maple adds fall color.
- FREE Live Jazz performance at Bluebird Cafe: Philadelphia native Duane Eubanks has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Birdland to the Kennedy Center, in addition to touring throughout Europe and Japan and we are thrilled that he will be bringing his trumpet to Prospect Lefferts Gardens the day of the house tour. His brothers are renowned trombonist, Robin Eubanks, and guitarist, Kevin Eubanks, former director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
We Need Your Help
It takes the coordinated efforts of many volunteers to help make this event a success. We hope you can help by being a tour guide* and/or contributing food for the refreshment area.
If you are interested in volunteering to be a tour guide, contribute refreshments, or otherwise help with the House Tour, please contact the House Tour team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Tour guides are assigned to a house, usually one per floor, and help supervise and guide the visitors. They work one of 2 shifts, either 12:00-2:30 or 2:30-5:00.
In exchange for 2 ½ hours of their time, tour guides receive free tour tickets. Although the tour closes to the general public at 5PM, there will be an extra hour from 5PM to 6PM for guides to see the houses.