History blends with Technology on Spring Home Tour, Sat. April 30, 2011

07 Apr

Use your smartphone to hunt up a little history and enter our raffle for a chance to win an Apple iPad2

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This spring, the public not only has a chance to enjoy South Park’s unique architecture and history, but is invited to use digital technology to further enrich their experience of this wonderful 1880s-era neighborhood. Historic South Park’s 2011 Spring Home Tour, Saturday, April 30, 1-6pm, includes a ScanDayton ScanVenger Hunt™ ! Thanks to Sean and Shawntay at Comtactics, one of the exciting entrepreneurial businesses officed in Tech Town, visitors will use their smartphones to find out more about our award-winning neighborhood and why we so enjoy living here. On top of that, everyone who buys a ticket can enter their name for a chance to win our raffle prize: an Apple iPad2! You do not need a smartphone to enter, but it certainly adds to the fun, and Sean and Shawntay will be there to start you on the digital Hunt!

The tour starts at the charming, eclectic Brown Oak Studio at 860 Brown, where you will pick up your tickets. Take advantage of free off-street parking at Brown/Wyoming and Warren/Apple, thanks to Miami Valley Hospital. Volunteers will be on hand to help you set off on your walk down Oak Street to see some beautifully restored homes. North along Alberta and Morton will be decorative brick Queen Annes and cottages, complete with carriage houses. Stops along Park Drive will bring you to some classicly beautiful Victorians, preserved in character yet becomingly modernized inside. It’s a chance to see why a century old neighborhood, with its wrought-iron fences and front porches, has renewed relevance today. A refreshment stop on the tour will offer cookies and lemonade, a chance to enter the raffle, and information about South Park, both its past and its exciting future. (See our posts about the Downtown Dayton Plan, GE Aviation, CDBG grant and our MCSWD grant.)

Cost is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the tour.  Free to Realtors who present a business card at Brown Oak Studio. Admission price includes the chance to enter the raffle. Plan to spend two hours enjoying the sights and strolling through a neighborhood that maintains much of its original 1880s appeal, complete with wrought iron fences and hitching posts. For tour information call (937) 225-3801. Historic South Park thanks our title sponsor, Liberty Savings Bank, for making the tour possible.

Advance-puchase tickets can also be reserved in person at Brown Oak Studio, 860 Brown Street, 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment at 226-1196.

About Historic South Park, Inc. The tour is held by the Historic South Park association as a way to get people familiar with the unique features of their neighborhood. The architecture is a fascinating mix of Victorians, elegant front-gabled frame houses, and cozy cottages. The largest of Dayton’s 9 historic neighborhoods is walkable and bikable to employers and social attractions—University of Dayton, Miami Valley Hospital, nearby cafes and the artsy Oregon District. Proceeds from the tour help Historic South Park promote home ownership and fund neighborhood improvements.