Craftsman style focus of Preservation Austin’s 2019 homes tour


The focus of this year’s Preservation Austin Homes Tour? The Craftsman Style.

On April 27, some seven Craftsman style homes throughout several Central Austin neighborhoods will be open for the ticketed tour.

This year’s tour is coordinated with the Harry Ransom Center’s upcoming exhibition, “The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America,” which opens Feb. 9.

Preservation Austin’s tour will explore the impact here in Austin of the Arts and Crafts Movement, specifically with Craftsman bungalows — houses for the middle class that nevertheless were ennobled by a simplicity of design and a utility of function. Craftsman style homes feature low-pitched roof lines with a gabled or hipped roof, and deeply overhanging eaves, often with decorative brackets under the eaves.

The April 27 tour will include access to seven homes from this still-popular architectural era.

Early-bird tickets are available through April 1 at ($25 for Preservation Austin members, $35 for non-members). Standard pricing will be available online from April 2 through April 26 at noon ($30 for Preservation Austin members, $40 for non-members). Event-day tickets will be available at all tour locations.

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
An award-winning arts journalist, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sightlines.

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