OSWEGO, NY – The 37th Annual House Tour sponsored by the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County will be held Sept. 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the city of Oswego.
This year’s tour will feature seven historic properties and one contemporary residence.
Advance tickets are available now at the River’s End Bookstore at 19 W. Bridge St. and through the day of the tour.
The annual house tour fund-raiser has featured historic properties throughout the county for more than three decades.
“Over the years, the tour has showcased historic preservation in action,” said Justin White, board trustee for the Heritage Foundation. “This event offers the community an opportunity to view in person the wonderful private and public landmarks that make our communities unique.”
The Heritage Foundation’s goal of protecting local landmarks is reflected in the extraordinary efforts of all the property owners, both public and private, to preserve the historical integrity of their properties.
Among the private residences on the tour is the Shuman residence at 38 E. Oneida St., which is now part of the Washington Square Historic District. This is an example of 19th century Italianate style architecture that is now in the process of interior and exterior renovation and will feature some of the work entailed in preserving historic properties.
The Tryon residence at 3 Margaret St. is a custom built contemporary residence situated in the Kingsford Woods subdivision on property owned for many generations by the prominent Kingsford family that founded the Oswego Starch Factory, which was once the largest of its kind in the world.
The Nelson residence at 121 W. Fifth St. dates to the mid-1890s and is example of the Colonial Revival style in Oswego. This house is situated in one of Oswego’s oldest neighborhoods.
The newly restored Queen Anne style house at 70 W. Bridge St., is an example of adaptive reuse, and is now the location of Your House Your Home d’cor shop.
The Jorgensen residence at 35 W. Seneca St. in another Queen Style residence built in 1890 and designed by Oswego architect John Seeber. This house was saved a decade ago after it had it been abandoned and is now a bed and breakfast inn.
These three properties are all part of the Franklin Square Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Malone residence at 162 W. Fourth St. is a restored Italianate style house with many original details throughout.
The Shaffer residence at 162 W. Third St. is another example of Italianate style architecture, which was the most popular style of the 19th century.
The impressive West Baptist Church built in Romanesque style will also be open for the tour and refreshment will be served in the historic meeting space in the rear of the church.
“The West Baptist Church is one of the oldest churches in the community that is still in use by same congregation since 1866,” said White. “Buildings such as the church and all of the historic residences highlighted on this tour create the character that makes this city unique. Oswego still has a great variety of historic and architectural heritage to be proud of.”
The newly restored church organ will be showcased during an organ recital sponsored by the church at 4 p.m.
They will offer tour participants an opportunity to see and hear the organ since it has been restored through the efforts of church members.
These three properties are part of a proposed historic district in this neighborhood that is being sponsored by the Heritage Foundation.
In addition, this year’s tour features an optional luncheon to be held at Patz on the River at 6 E. First St.
The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., preceding the start of the house tour.
This will be an opportunity for tour participants to enjoy a special dining experience overlooking the Oswego River.
The specially prepared sit down menu will contain several lunch options.
Regular tickets for the house tour are $15, while the tour and luncheon tickets are $25.
All proceeds from the event will promote historic preservation projects in the county.
The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and protection of the historic, architectural and environmental resources in Oswego County.
For more information about the tour call the Heritage Foundation office at 342-3354.