Woman’s Club of Lincoln to hold annual home/garden tour fundraiser

By: Carol Percy
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For an inside look into five extraordinary historic and upscale contemporary homes, join visitors at a Sept. 29 home and garden tour fundraiser.

 Proceeds from the Woman’s Club of Lincoln’s third annual tour will go toward accessibility upgrades for the group’s 94-year-old clubhouse in downtown Lincoln.

 In the early 1920s, club members such as Carrie Gladding (wife of pottery factory Gladding, McBean’s manager) organized bake sales and tea parties to raise the nearly $12,000 needed to build the clubhouse.

For the past two years, the club’s 88 members have collected more than $39,000 from private donors and community events to pay for $50,000 in accessibility improvements.

The Woman’s Club needs an additional $10,000 to complete the five-year project that will include a new entry door, wheelchair ramp and remodeled restrooms, according to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) chairwoman Claire Luke.

 “We are in the process of making the building ADA compliant so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful piece of history,” Luke said.

 The public has a rare opportunity to see some of the Lincoln area’s memorable homes, according to home tour chairwoman Dori Childress.

 “The tour offers a great day of strolling through beautiful homes and gardens to admire them and to get good (decorating) ideas,” Childress said.

 During tour hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29, the club will serve refreshments and host vendors at the clubhouse at 499 E St. in downtown Lincoln. Items sold will include home décor, clothing, fashion accessories, specialty foods and crafts, according to vendor chairwoman Mary Clark.

 The tour homes include historic, country and contemporary properties, such as the 1921-era house of Lincoln pioneer Walter K. Jansen. New owners remodeled the Jansen home in 2014. Richard Wyatt, a local historical preservationist architect, redesigned a 1941 Craftsman located on 5th Street along Lincoln’s parade route for the current owners. A 3,500-square-foot farmhouse situated on 19 acres off State Highway 193 includes an orchard and a pond. Two large contemporary homes in Monte Azul feature gourmet kitchens and expansive gardens.

 Tour tickets are $30 per person. To buy tickets, call Harriet Garland at 543-0541 or Childress at 645-7530.