The 36th Annual West Falmouth Library Holiday House Tour & Boutique has been announced and will take place from 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, December 9. Tickets are currently available at the library and local businesses for $25 in advance and will be $30 the day of the tour, purchasable at the library only. Ticket holders ages 13 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
In addition to the library, tickets may be purchased in advance at: Bojangles, Int'l; Eight Cousins; Jack in the Beanstalk; New Wave Printing & Design Inc.; Uncle Bill's Country Store; Uptown Dog Cape Cod in West Falmouth; West Falmouth Market; Woods Hole Market; Black Dog in Mashpee Commons; and Titcomb's Bookshop in Sandwich.
Ticket price also includes admission to the holiday boutique located in the historic West Falmouth Library, and will feature gifts, decorations and greenery displays all handcrafted by library volunteers. Light refreshments will be provided in the community room.
The six featured West Falmouth properties, all located in close proximity and decorated for the season, illustrate the theme for this year's tour, which is "Possibilities." To that end, the properties, historic and renovated, were chosen for their dichotomy, to celebrate how to take the best of tradition and to adapt it to simpler and economic living. Whether retired and down-sizing, nostalgic, or simply open to common sense, economical solutions, tour goers will find inspiration and enjoyment.
Two homes in particular, that of Julia and Elliott Taylor, and their son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Kim, both showcase the aesthetic possibilities of green living. Built in 1986, and designed by architect Barbara Wall Jones, Mr. and Ms. Elliott Taylor's home is an example of the modern revival of the shingle-style that Mr. Jones first started building at New Seabury. The home was fairly advanced for the time for its energy-efficient solar design, an interest of both the architect and the homeowners.
In 2001, the son and daughter-in-law purchased their property as a vacation retreat from New York City, an original 1950s era ranch home, not far from Mr. Taylor's parents' home where he grew up. In 2010 they decided to move their family to West Falmouth, and they enlisted architect John Dvorsack to design an energy-efficient, shingle-style farmhouse. A key feature of the home is the use of "green" technologies including geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot water and a 5.16 KW solar array on the south facing roof of the garage.
Jim and Toshie Ford's home, built in the early 1800's was originally a half cape. An addition was created sometime in the 20th century. The Fords purchased the property in 1998 and, over the next few years, they extensively renovated the house, and were particularly mindful of retaining as much of the historic character as possible. When possible, original materials were reused, such as the front door, and the wide pine flooring in the front bedroom came from several places in the house and was refinished.
Two of the featured properties are located in Westwind Cottages, the former Annandale Apartments, on West Falmouth Highway. One is owned by Warren and Debi Dalton, Builders/Interior Designers. Ground was broken in 2011 and the land cleared to make way for this charming, cedar-shingled cottage, built by Pinsonneault Builders, with strict adherence to the historic district demands. Ms. Dalton designed the cottage floor plans and did the interior design work. The home, designed to be Energy Star rated, boasts coffered ceilings, crown mouldings and custom built-ins.
Saralee and Robert Marshall purchased their cottage from the Daltons, and the desire to simplify their lives and also take advantage of the many energy-efficient provisions have been realized. It includes a Rennai water heater, as well as state of the art insulation and windows. The granite front step is a nod to the past, having served as a piece of foundation from the original Annandale Apartments. The home's décor reflects the extensive travels of the Marshalls, including a chest inlaid with camel bone from India.
Just down the road is C.H. Newton Builders, featuring The Stone Room, built in the 19th century, and located in the rear of the office. This historic granite building originally housed a blacksmith's shop, owned and operated by local brothers, Daniel and Henry Swift, who also built the West Falmouth Library. C. H. Newton restored and renovated the interior of the building, converting it into a conference room fitting to the period. A recent addition to the room is a floor-to-ceiling granite fireplace, custom built from locally sourced pink granite, and a 20-foot mahogany table, also custom built by C.H. Newton's mill shop. Of special interest is an early folk art mural painted on wood, by local renowned 20th century artists, Ralph and Martha Cahoon, on display above the back entrance in the Newton office. "West Falmouth Then and Now," a photo display featuring old and new photographs connecting West Falmouth's past and present, will also be on display at C.H. Newton.