The 2019 WASSO Holiday Home Tour & Cookie/Candy Sale

Visit decorated areas homes in this year’s tour on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8.

1-5pm, Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8 $20 ($15 in advance)

The five homes featured on the tour include:

1. 1968 Wedgewood Circle (Carter Residence)

Located in Northwood Lakes off Middle Urbana Road

In 1995 Vivan’s adult children encouraged her to downsize to a condominium.  After several months of looking she found a nearly finished new condo. She was able to design a stone fireplace as the focal point of the large great room.  She always leaned toward the more contemporary concepts and this was just what she wanted.  The master bath and kitchen were upgraded in 2015 and a sun room replaced the patio in 2016. 

The great room has a high plant shelf which serves as a perfect space during the holiday season for her Santa collection.  Some of the Santas were gifts, some are souvenirs from travels others are significant of the year purchased specifically the Patriotic Santa in 2001.  A dozen of the Santas are designed by Lynn Haney and others are limited editions of various designers. Over the years she also collected  gold Christmas tree ornaments which she loves to display on her revolving tree along with red accents. 

Vivian loves the Christmas season and time spent with family and friends. 
She welcomes the WASSO Tour and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

2. 644 N. Wittenberg Avenue (Frandsen Residence)

Located on Wittenberg Campus off North Fountain Avenue

Mike and Sharon Frandsen moved into the Benjamin Prince House in July 2017 when Mike became the 15th president of Wittenberg University. They enjoy entertaining students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests at the house.

   Wittenberg professor Isaac Sprecher, nephew of Wittenberg’s second President, Samuel Sprecher, had the mansion built between 1857 and 1860 using limestone for the foundation from what is now Veterans’ Memorial Park. Sprecher rented the home to Professor Charles Ehrenfeld for a short time and sold the property to Benjamin Prince in 1883. All three of these men were responsible for collecting tuition and fees, so every student visited the house for decades. Benjamin Prince played an important role at Wittenberg serving for 69 years as faculty, business manager and Vice President. You’ll find Benjamin Prince’s framed photograph and signature in the foyer.   After Benjamin Prince’s death in 1933, his two daughters continued to live there until 1949 when they sold the property to the university. The large living room and dining room were added in 1955.

   Sharon finds it is easy to showcase the school’s red and white when decorating for Christmas. The Frandsens’ tree holds ornaments they have collected over the years. Most are meaningful because of connections to people and places.

3. 3571 Towerwood Court (Gunnell Residence)

Located in Holiday Hills off Old Columbus Road

Peter & Leta welcome you into their colonial style home this holiday season.  The home was built in 1994 by Kristina & Jerry Clum, Jr., founders of Comfort Keepers.  Favorite features of the home are the 4+ car garage, the amazing backyard with 40ft salt water pool and waterfalls, hot tub, pool house and the lower level of the home boasting a theater room, billiard & bar room and exercise room.  Since purchasing the home in 2016 the Gunnells have replaced flooring, painted, completely transformed the kitchen, updated the landscaping and most recently added a screened room to the home.  Their appreciation for items of the past show throughout the home with antiques collected including many family heirlooms.  For the holiday season enter into the home and you will be greeted with a 12 foot Christmas tree accenting the curving stairway to the second floor.  With a Christmas tree in every room you will enjoy an OSU theme tree, a patriotic tree, two Waterford Crystal trees, a 50s era tinsel tree complete with color wheel (a throwback to Leta’s childhood Christmases shared with her paternal grandparents) and not to be missed the unique wrought iron wreath tree in the dining room.  Leta’s collection of the singing Hallmark snowmen will be on display.  The trees will be lighted, the fireplace blazing, a holiday movie showing in the theater room, seasonal music playing, and light refreshments are ready for your enjoyment.    

4. 1842 Longview Drive (Hale Residence)

Located in Ridgewood off North Fountain Blvd

Welcome to 1842 Longview Drive, the home of Lorie Hale.  Lorie moved into her home in 2015 and loves being part of the Historic Ridgewood Neighborhood.  Her home was built in 1925, and Lorie is proud to be only the fourth owner.  The house has maintained much of the original character with which it was built over 94 years ago.  All the woodwork and hardwood floors are original to the home.

Lorie enjoys decorating for all seasons especially Christmas.  She along with her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Jared Easterday, have enjoyed creating a warm and traditional Christmas that they hope everyone will enjoy.  There is a large Santa collection scattered around and lots of ornaments on the trees in the living and family rooms.  Lorie has acquired several antiques over the years and has a large collection of reproduction samplers throughout the home.  The furnishings provide the perfect backdrop for a cozy Christmas. Lorie and her family hope you enjoy this visit to her home and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Joyous Holiday Season!   

5. 930 Henderson Drive (Harper & Mack Residence)

Located in Greenlawn Village off Santa Monica

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the home of E. Jean Harper and Preston Mack.  They wish each of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year ever and are delighted to have their home on the 2019 WASSO Tour. 

   Since childhood, long before they met and married, they both loved EVERYTHING about Christmas: the anticipation of Santa coming to town and to their homes, the care in the preparation of wonderful traditional holiday food, the purchasing of the “right” gifts for loved ones, the gathering of family and friends, and, of course, the decorating of the Christmas tree. Both of their families still carry on these timeless traditions in their homes. 

   Jean is still in awe reminiscing about her once in a lifetime opportunity to be a volunteer decorator at the White House. When you visit their home, they hope you will feel the majestic warmth of the season: Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël,  Feliz Navidad, and Noeli Njema!   

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