Annual Symphony Home Tour slated for May 17

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Photo courtesy of Friends of the Dearborn Symphony
Six houses in the upscale Dearborn Park and Dearborn Hills neighborhood some call an eclectic mix of Tudor, colonial, art deco and Cape Cod designs will be open for viewing during the Friends of the Dearborn Symphony’s 33rd annual Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17. For tickets or more information call 313-565-2424.

By GRETCHEN ACKERMANN
Special to the Times-Herald

Looking forward to their annual spring event members of the Friends of the Dearborn Symphony are gearing up for their 33rd annual Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17.

They have picked the Dearborn Park and Dearborn Hills neighborhood directly across Outer Drive from Dearborn High School.

Six houses in the upscale neighborhood some call an eclectic mix of Tudor, colonial, art deco and Cape Cod designs will be open for viewing on tour day. Tour headquarters is the Dearborn Country Club, 800 N.Military. Lunches will be available at the DCC, as will Vendors with craft tables as well as the annual Symphony jewelry booth will be available.

Free parking will be available at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 N. Military, and buses will be available to transport tour goers to the neighborhood.

Co-chairwomen Linda Tafelski and Louise Leveque have formed a committee of volunteers to provide house chairs, tour docents and musical entertainment in each house all day long.

Tickets prices are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour.

Tickets are available in Dearborn at:
• Campbell’s Paint and Wallpaper, 904 Mason.

• Cherry Hill Pharmacy, 23100 Cherry Hill.

• Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, 22100 Michigan Ave.

• Dearborn Symphony Office, 23400 Michigan Ave.

• Logan Glass, 22667 Michigan Ave.

• Pioneer Cleaners, 18512 Outer Drive.

• Post Net, 23309 Ford Road.

• Senate Coney Island, 3345 Greenfield.

• Sweet Peas Children’s Resale Shop, 23053 Michigan Ave.

Tickets are available in Dearborn Heights at:
• English Gardens, 22650 Ford Road.

• Ken Baron’s Florist, 24724 W. Warren.

• Mayor Dan Paletko’s office, 6045 Fenton.

• Truant’s Candies, 22200 Ford Road.

Checks should be made out to the Dearborn Symphony. To reach the Dearborn Symphony office, phone 313-565-2424 or e-mail HomeTour@dearbornsymphony.org

The committee has chosen the Robert Herndon house as a “point-of-interest,” as it towers above a court very majestically. Herndon was a prominent developer who once lived in the house.

During his long career he developed over 50 subdivisions and nine golf courses including Dearborn Hills Golf Club, now owned by the city having been willed by his widow in 1987. Rejected by bankers, who reminded him that “golf was for millionaires,” Herndon financed the project with the aid of investors.

Herndon died in 1986.

It is reputed to be Michigan’s oldest public golf course and is listed in the State Register of Historic sites. It is now owned by the Dearborn Recreation and Parks Department.

Another prominent citizen, Gov. Rick Snyder, bought the Herndon house in 1997 and lived there with his wife, the former Sue Kerr of Dearborn, for two years until they bought their present house in Ann Arbor. The governor and wife also occupied another house on South Highland a couple blocks away. Sue Snyder’s brother Peter Kerr and wife Kathleen live in the adjacent neighborhood on Buckingham.

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