YOU CAN LEARN a few things from house tours. Whether you might like to live in the neighborhood. What the inside of “that house on the corner” really looks like. How x solved the problem of y, the y being the same problem you have in your house.
Most of all, house tours are a good time. The ticket money often goes to a worthy cause, and the mood is generally jolly as you make your way from house to house.
In the case of the Palisades Village House Tour this Saturday, October 17, 2015, the money ($30 in advance online, $35 the day of the tour) goes to Palisades Village, a nonprofit organization that helps people in the area age in place in their own homes.
Three of the houses on the tour were designed by architects, including one mid-century-modern home that predates by a year the fabled mid-century-modern houses of Hollin Hills, in Fairfax County, Virginia.
There are, as might be expected in this leafy, once-country-ish part of the city, a couple of farmhouses and traditional Victorian-style gable-roof manses on the tour and an example of the Sears bungalow, made from a “kit” (a number of these dot the larger neighborhood here along the Potomac River; in fact, according to estimates provided by Palisades Village, 10 percent of the 242 building permits issued for Palisades properties between 1922 and 1929 were for Sears bungalow-style “arts and crafts” homes).
There are nine houses in all.
Tickets for the Palisades Village House Tour, plus a map of the homes and historic sites, can be picked up starting 10:30 am Saturday at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW.