2015 Gems of South Orange House Tour

The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society’s bi-annual “Gems of South Orange House Tour” will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 11 am. – 4 p.m.  Tickets are $25 and are available at SOPAC.

‘Gems of South Orange’ House Tour
October 17, 2015

“Snapshots of the 20th Century”

Six gracious and distinctive 20th-century homes will be on view in the 2015 “Gems of South Orange” House Tour presented by the South Orange Historical and Preservation Society on October 17th.

The popular event affords an opportunity to see not only the handsome exteriors but also to examine beautiful interior architecture, décor, and collections. Homes will be available for viewing by ticket-buyers from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

To preserve privacy of homeowners and to lend intrigue to the event, addresses of these houses scattered throughout the Village of South Orange will not be revealed until Tour day (October 17th).

Cars, cameras, and costumes

Costumed actors from The Strollers Theater Company will treat patrons to historically themed vignettes at several homes. Another added attraction, a first for the Tour, will be the presence of antique automobiles at the homes.

A rare and stately 1917 Reo will be at one of the homes, courtesy of Scott Lefebvre. Others confirmed to date are a sleek all-black ’62 Thunderbird convertible from Tomm Scalera, a ’57 Chevy vroom-vroom hot rod from Patrick Gethins, and a beautiful 1928 Hudson LeBaron roadster from Bud Sisto.

To illustrate the “20th Century Snapshots in Time” theme, the lobby of South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), will feature a display of 100 years of cameras from Joel Levin’s collection.

Admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased at SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079.

No children under 12 permitted.
Pets, food, drink, and interior photography are prohibited inside tour homes.

Free parking and shuttles

Parking is plentiful and free in the NJ Transit parking lot adjacent to SOPAC and the downtown South Orange train station. The lot can be accessed via South Orange Avenue or Church Street. From there, people may drive to house locations, or board free jitney shuttles provided courtesy of South Orange Parking Authority. The jitney is also an option for local tour-goers who elect to go carless for the day.

Trains from New York Penn Station (and from stations across NJ) to South Orange Station stop next door to SOPAC. Trains from NYC depart every hour on weekends and take about 40 minutes to arrive in South Orange. Fares for senior and disabled persons are half-price. Information is available at www.njtransit.com.

The “Gems of South Orange” House Tour is the major source of funding for SOHPS’ activities. The Society, whose motto is “preserving the past for the future,” presents a Historic Preservation Award to an edifice or to a person. SOHPS also hosts occasional public events such as lectures and symposia. Also, the group grants generous college scholarships for winning essays on South

Questions may be directed to SOHPS via email at info@sohps.org or by phone at (973) 763-2310.

About South Orange Historical and Preservation Society

Since its formation in 1986 through the present, SOHPS has supported historic preservation and education efforts.

Our current primary objectives:

  • Developing outreach programs to all the businesses, historical societies, churches, schools and universities within South Orange
    and the surrounding areas.
  • Developing educational programs of historic significance for our local communities, libraries
    and school curricula and educational environments
  •  Preservation of significant historic structures, including the historic buildings and
    districts on the National and State Historic Registers
  • Increasing membership and membership participation in all events and SOHPS activities.

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