Downtown gems included on home and garden tour

Sunday, May 1, 2011
The Hamblin Home, 313 Themis St., will featured on the Old Town Cape Downtown Historic Home and Garden Tour. (Submitted photo)

The second annual Downtown Historic Home and Garden Tour will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Seven homes and two bonus properties along with their yards will be showcased during the tour organized by Old Town Cape and sponsored by Realty Executives.

The owners of each home will give a guided tour through their spaces, highlighting special features and historic facts.

The tour was organized as a fun way to promote downtown living. Downtown residential growth is an important factor in making downtown a vibrant, active district. Because of this, increasing the residential population in downtown is one of the tasks outlined in the Downtown Strategic Plan that was adopted by the City of Cape Girardeau and its partners.

Lisa Bertrand, Old Town Cape volunteer and event organizer, enjoys the event because it highlights the residential aspect and promotes interest in downtown living.

"We want people to know that these homes are livable and that each one has a story to tell. There is so much energy that you feel by living downtown," Bertrand said.

She and her husband live downtown.

"Part of the fun in having a home located downtown is the pleasure in learning the history and being able to visit neat places," said homeowner Bob Hamblin. Hamblin also enjoys seeing the work being done to help renovate downtown homes and businesses.

The homes are 101 S. Pacific St. (Schultz Apartments), 825 Merriwether St. (the Faber Home), 214 N. Lorimier St. (the Proffer Home), 34 N. Fountain St. (the Dickey Home), 313 Themis St. (the Hamblin Home), 309 S. Spanish St. (the Miller Home) and 325 S. Spanish St. (the Glenn House). The two bonus properties are at 312 Independence St. and 621 N. Henderson Ave.

Tickets for the tour are $15 in advance and are available at Old Town Cape, Annie Laurie's Antiques, and Spanish Street Mercantile. The day of the tours, tickets will be sold at the Glenn House and will cost $20.

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