Carmel Clay Historical Society presents its annual Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by Old Town Design Group


By Zach Dunkin

Update: MSV is not going to be on this year’s tour. The Causey home, a 1960’s mid-century modern home by a local architect that is replacing the MSV, close to downtown. The architect will be present at the tour as well.

A historic log cabin. Rare Native American artifacts. Vintage glasswork.

Alluring architecture in the Village of West Clay and urban living in the Arts & Design District. Guests will see that and maybe even pick up on some holiday décor ideas for their own home in this year’s 19th annual Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by Old Town Design Group.

“It’s our most popular event of the year,” said Dan McFeely, president of the Carmel Clay Historical Society. “This year’s tour includes the first ever townhome property on Main Street in the heart of the Arts & Design District.”

McFeeley was referring to the Midwest School of Voice, one of 23 townhomes fronting Main Street, part of the larger development known as Monon and Main. At the western end of the Arts & Design District, these townhomes have a live/work design.

Transported by bus from the Coxhall Mansion, visitors will learn the history of each of the four homes and view antiques and architectural details from a knowledgeable guide.

The CCHS offered this brief description of the other three properties on the tour:

  • With a porch and entryway reminiscent of a Southern plantation, a home that backs up to Woodland Golf Course has a most unique feature inside – a log cabin.
  •  A ranch home in the Harrowgate subdivision, built in 1965, has had just two owners. The original owners expanded the home’s footprint and the current owners have put their personal touch on it with their decorating style and antiques
  • Built in 2004 in the style of an Italian villa, a residence in the Village of West Clay showcases the homeowners’ extensive collection of art and antiques spanning three continents and several centuries.

All proceeds will go to the Carmel Clay Historical Society’s educational programs and historic preservation activities.

 Holiday Home Tour

Where: Four Clay Township Homes

When: 6 p.m. Dec, 4 and Dec. 5, and 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Dec. 5

Cost: $50 for evening tours, which include hors d’ouevres in the Coxhall Mansion, a cash bar, live auction and homes lit in preparation for the holiday season, and $30 for daytime tours.

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