Springwells Park chosen for symphony home tour

Photos coutesy of Friends of the Dearborn symphony
The houses of the 31st annual Dearborn Symphony Home Tour this year reflect early American architecture, a favorite of Henry and Edsel Ford.

Friends of the Dearborn Symphony has chosen the New England-style subdivision known as Springwells Park for its 31st annual Dearborn Symphony Home Tour May 19.

Residents never seem to tire of walking the streets of this community originally developed by Henry and Edsel Ford. Its beginnings date back to 1939, under the name Ford Foundation when the first apartments were built, and subsequently colonial type homes, reflecting the Fords’ fondness for early American architecture. It is located northwest of the corner of Rotunda and Greenfield roads.

The Tournament Players Club of Michigan, 1 Nicklaus Drive, west of Springwells Park, is the tour headquarters.

Featuring seven houses, the tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Tickets at $15 pre-sale and $20 on tour day are available at:
• Bulk Foods Warehouse, 23151 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

• Campbells Paint and Wallpaper, 904 Mason, Dearborn.

• Cherry Hill Pharmacy, 23100 Cherry Hill, Dearborn.

• Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, 22100 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

• Dearborn Racquet and Health Club, 2727 S. Gulley, Dearborn.

• Logan Glass, 22667 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

• Pioneer Dry Cleaners, 18512 W. Outer Drive, Dearborn.

• PostNet, 23309 Ford Road, Dearborn.

• English Gardens, 22650 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights.

• Ken Baron’s Florist and Gifts, 24724 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights.

• Truan’s Candies, 22200 Ford Road, Dearborn Heights.

• Dearborn Heights City Hall, 6045 Fenton.

Lunches at $15 each will also be available at the TPC where several local crafters will display their works of art. The Friends of the Dearborn Symphony jewelry sale of good, used jewelry also will be displayed at the club. For tickets, call the Dearborn Symphony office at 313-565-2424.

Parking will be available free at Dearborn Congregational Church, 16350 Rotunda, where shuttle buses will take tour sightseers to Springwells Park. The Home Tour Chairwoman is past Friends president Louise Leveque.

Marlene Trbovich lives in one of the older houses on the tour.

“I fell in love with this charming home the minute I walked in,” she said.

Her home served as a parsonage for several pastors who served Dearborn Congregational Church (formerly known as Greenfield Congregational).

Roger and Mary Wabeke also find their house very inviting. Mary played cello with the Dearborn Symphony for 25 years and is now a cellist with the Livonia Symphony.

Bonnie Kutt grew up in the Wabeke’s house before marrying her husband, Daniel.

Home Tour Crafters include: Artist Society of Dearborn art work by Dave Gordon; Concrete hypertufa planters, birdbaths and garden ornaments by Pat Mann; Handmade jackets, birdbath feeders, flower greeting cards and jewelry by Linda Reid; silk flowers and dried flowers, by Patricia Martinsky; truffles, cookies and wired birds by Diana Schiavi; used CDs and tapes by Kathy Gapa and Sheila Brooks; and wired garden art by John Orischak.

All proceeds from the tour go toward financial support of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra to provide educational opportunities for students, members and adults, and enhancing the quality of life in Dearborn and surrounding communities.