Variety of downtown Carmel homes featured in annual Holiday Home Tour


The 23rd annual Holiday Home Tour will offer a bit of everything for visitors this.

“I like this year’s homes because it’s such a wide variety in style,” said Vivian Lawhead, who is co-chair of the event with Susan Anderson. “It’s not necessarily all historical homes, but they all have their own key interest. We have a couple of homes that have been constructed recently but have been decorated with the owners’ antiques. We have a mid-century modern home. We have one very traditional home and one historic home. All age groups of adults are going to enjoy this tour because the variety, decor and architecture is so different.”

The Holiday Home Tour will feature six homes around the Carmel Arts & Design District.

The tour is set from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. The VIP tour, which is open to all ticket buyers, is from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, followed by a reception with wine and appetizers at the Heath home, 421 W. Main St. The Heath home was on the tour in 2018 but is only on the VIP tour this year.

The mid-century home was designed by self-made architect and interior designer Avriel Shull from Carmel. Shull died in 1976. The homes are all walkable, with the mid-century home less than a mile away from the others. A bus will run Dec. 7 from the parking area at Carmel Friends Church, 651 W. Main St. to the mid-century home.

The event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Carmel Clay Historical Society.

“The proceeds support our mission of archiving items around our city, having community outreach to new citizens around Carmel, now that we are growing and growing, to understand our history of our community,” CCHS Executive Director Debbie Gangstad said. “We do some preservation of buildings and items around the city.”

Lawhead has been a Carmel resident for 60 years.

“I’ve been involved with the historical society for a few years,” Lawhead said. “First, I was an attendee for probably 20 years and then got involved with the actual planning a few years ago.”

Anderson has been in Carmel for 35 years and has been a CCHS member for a year.

“Last year was the first time I had anything to do with the home tour, and it’s quite interesting to see all of the conversation it builds,” Anderson said.

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