Housewalk 2011



Lussow House

In a new twist, the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s 24th annual Holiday Housewalk will be held on a Sunday afternoon for the first time since 1996. The walk will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 and tickets for the tour go on sale Nov. 1 at eight local businesses.

This year’s Housewalk will feature Golfview Estates, the subdivision located along the southern edge of the Mt. Prospect Golf Course and just east of Busse Road which was built in the 1950s by The Annen and Busse Company on 30 acres of the Louis Meier farm.

The interiors of five private homes, including two that directly border the golf course, will be featured on the walking tour.

Doucette House

The homes featured this year are: 619 S. Glendale Lane, owned by Leo and Barbara Burns; 1500 W. Blackhawk Drive, owned by Emo and Mary Dellanina; 1540 W. Blackhawk Drive, owned by William and Pamela Doucette; 1531 W. Blackhawk Drive, owned by Eric and Christine Lussow; and 616 S. Edgewood Lane, owned by Ken and Debbie Morton.

All of the homes will be exciting to tour in their own ways, thanks to lovely decorating and either vintage touches or the renovation work (total reconstruction in one case) that has been done, according to Jill Tumberger, Housewalk co-chairperson.

Tour-goers will pick up their programs at a tent on South Ojibwa Trail where there will also be refreshments, raffles and a museum store.

Dellanina House

Commentary in the homes will be provided by volunteers from local organizations, schools and the community. Local florists and homeowners will provide the decorations. This year’s featured florists are Busse Flowers and Gifts, and Native Floral (inside Costco), both of Mount Prospect; Gigi’s Blossoms and Baskets of Des Plaines; and Amling’s at Sylvia’s and Mariano’s, both of Arlington Heights.

Tickets will be sold for $20 each through Dec. 3 at First Merit Bank, 50 N. Main St.; Mt. Prospect State Bank, 20 E. Northwest Hwy.; Busse Flowers and Gifts, 100 E. Northwest Highway; Elements Diet and Fitness, 106 S. Emerson St.; River Trails’ Weiss Center, 1500 E. Euclid Ave.; Lions Park, 411 S. Maple St.; Dave’s Specialty Foods, 105 W. Prospect Ave.; and the Dietrich Friedrichs House museum, 101 S. Maple St.

Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the walk, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the tent on South Ojibwa Trail, just north of West Blackhawk Drive. But the cost will be $22 per person at that time.

Burns House

“The Housewalk is the Society’s largest fund-raiser of the year,” explains Tumberger. “Its proceeds support the many educational endeavors of the Society and help to pay for upkeep on our more than 100-year-old museum. We urge the public to support our effort to preserve local history through enjoying the Housewalk and our other activities throughout the year.”

Phone the Society at 847-392-9006 for more information.

Morton House

This year’s walk is sponsored by Novak and Parker appliances of Mount Prospect.


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