2019 Tour of Homes sketches

Sketches of the four homes that are part of the 2019 Tour of Homes, presented by St. Mary of the Hills in Blowing Rock. Homes include the Molly Northern 200-year old Cabin (upper left), the Price Home (upper right), the Manor Condominium (lower right) and the Rice Home (lower left).

With four local homes on the 2019 tour list, the annual St. Mary of the Hills’ Tour of Homes fundraiser is one one of the big events of the summer in Blowing Rock.

Taking place Friday, July 26, with tours being offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the multi-hour tour benefits local charities.

Since the Tour’s inception in 1958, more than a $1 million dollars has been given to charities. Countless individuals in the High Country have benefited from the generosity of the women and men who have participated in making the event possible.

Lunch is available at the church cafe for $15. Tickets for the tour are $30 prior to the event and $35 on tour day. Tour tickets are available online at stmaryofthehills.org, or at the church office at 140 Chestnut Drive, Blowing Rock, N.C., 28605. Tickets are on sale at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce the week of the tour, beginning on Wednesday.

There are four distinctively different homes this year.

The Steven Price Modern home is described as mid-century modern and industrial. The Price home is architect-designed with open floor plan and wide vistas. An art collection reflects the owners background in art and design. This home is refreshing and comfortable inside and out.

The Manor Condominium in Mayview has amazing views of Hawksbill, Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain and St. John’s River Gorge. This home is decorated in a style that can only be described as bold, expansive, textural and filled with light. The owners welcome friends to a relaxed but stimulating environment where entertainment is the goal.

The Molly Northern Cabin is 200 years old. It was moved to Blowing Rock in the ‘60s and fully renovated by designer Molly Northern. The modern touches throughout against antique furnishings make this a fresh, clean and happy place.

The Rice Home has been renovated during two years. The views are breathtaking. The center of the house is 99 years old. This home boasts several terraces, gardens and treasured art and pottery by North Carolina artists. It is spectacular and thoroughly enjoyable to experience.

Prior to the tour, the church is presenting “The Gala,” taking place Thursday, July 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at “The Car Barn,’ the home of Chip and Monica Perry.

“It was built to house their collection of 1950-1960 European sports cars,” Radie Armstrong, chair of the 2019 Tour of Homes, stated. “Chip Perry, the originator of Auto Trader, will be in attendance.

The Gala will have music by the Lucky Strikes, dancing, hors d’oeuvres by Appalachian State University Catering and both live and silent auctions. For more information about The Gala, visit stmaryofthehills.org or call the church office at (828) 295-7323.

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