Carmel Clay Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour goes virtual


The Carmel Clay Historical Society Holiday Home Tour will switch to a virtual experience this year.

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“Like every group, Carmel Clay Historical Society realizes we have to keep moving forward,” CCHS Executive Director Debbie Gangstad said.

The production features five homes, four from different parts of Carmel and one in Madison owned by Carmel residents. The fundraising tour runs from Dec. 10 to Jan. 30, 2021. The four Carmel homes were filmed by videographer Philip Paluso. Videographer Joe Law took the video in Madison.

“They are very diverse, which is what we always want,” Gangstad said. “It provides a better tour so we can hit something that everyone likes. We have two historical homes in Carmel. One of them was the meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous in Indiana. The other one was built in 1931 and has been beautifully restored by the current owners. The Alcoholics Anonymous house is called mission style. Those owners did most of the work themselves. It’s very nicely done.”

The third home is a mid-century modern home. The furniture is nicely done with beautiful landscaping, Gangstad said.

“The full basement is with a sauna as well a hobby room,” she said. “There is a great room with a pool table, and this man is a train collector.”

The fourth home is a new, traditional home professionally decorated by Cynthia Walker of Walker Designs. The home was built by Brad Bowman, with significant input from the owners, Gangstad said.

“The homeowners love the holidays, particularly Christmas,” she said. “It’s a huge home.”

The owners and addresses will not be released in the video in an agreement with the owners.

Gangstad said a couple of the homes are a better fit for a virtual tour compared to a walking tour.

“The common theme for all of the homes is they are beloved by their owners,” Gangstad said.

Tickets are $25 for the one-time viewing. The Holiday Home Tour link is at