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Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour
May 4 - May 5
Join the caravan to Apalachicola and visit this year’s selections for the annual Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour. Sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church for more than two and a half decades this tour is ever- changing. The 2018 tour features some of the most venerable homes in Apalachicola, as well as proud renovations, and new-construction.
Co-chairpersons, Ginger Madewell and Bella Rudo, announced today that plans are underway for the 26th Annual “Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour” sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church. The tour is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Apalachicola, FL on Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, 2018.
The featured home on this year’s tour strikes an imposing image with its wraparound porches encasing the first two floors and a widow’s walk topping the third. The historical Flatauer House (circa 1908) was built by local builder George Marshall for the German/Jewish merchant Adolph Flatauer and family. The modern features of indoor plumbing and an attached kitchen were included in its original plan. Upon Flatauers’ death in 1920, the house was converted to apartments and remained as a multi-family residence for many years. When the Gulf State Bank acquired the house, it restored the first floor, returning the stunning deadhead cypress woodwork and fretwork in the central hall and dining room to its original splendor. After the bank’s departure, the building stood vacant for several years. It was recently purchased by June Quinn and Greg Vance. The new owners have been busy renovating the house to their eclectic taste, mixing antiques with more modern concepts, adding bathrooms and converting sitting rooms to bedrooms. Compared to the formal downstairs,the upstairs sports a more rustic look. The prorogue suspended from the ceiling in the central hall pays tribute to one of the owner’s Louisiana heritage. Four bedrooms lead off of the large second-story central hall. A small kitchen has been added on this floor for the owners to use while the house is in a period of transition. Plans for a larger kitchen, perhaps where the bank teller counter still stands, are in the formative stage. The current owners say that the house is imbued with the spirit of Adolph Flatauer, and they can personally attest to some unusual happenings. The Flatauer House is one of Apalachicola’s finest examples of the Free Classic Style of architecture and it exudes the grandeur of yesteryear while embracing the comforts of today.
Evensong service at Trinity Episcopal Church, the traditional opening for the home tour, begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 4, and is followed by a reception to which all are invited. Homes will be open only on Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at $25 each on our website or at the church office through Friday, May 5. On Saturday, May 5, tour tickets will sell for $30 and ticket sales commence at 9:30 a.m. A luncheon will be served at Benedict Hall on the grounds of Trinity Church from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the day of the tour (tickets are $12). Simultaneous with the tour, a silent auction will be he held from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Guests to Apalachicola can enhance their weekend experience by allowing time to visit the many historical buildings and churches, museums, inns and parks that mark this historic town as a truly original locale. Please join us for the weekend and come back again and again.
For more information and tickets go to: www.apalachicolahistorichometour.org or call 850-653-9550