The virtual home tour: From Austin to points east and west
COVID-19 forced the cancellation of several home and garden tours last year, and it continues to be a factor in 2021 events.
March 6-7 The Austin Modern Home Tour squeezed in its 2020 event before the pandemic and returns this year with a virtual tour that livestreams with discussions and Q&A sessions. Can’t watch it that weekend? A ticket purchase allows you to view it at your convenience. And we’re not talking just a slideshow; you’ll explore the homes via 3D imaging. Properties include a modern ranch retreat, a solar-powered home in the Texas Hill Country designed for clients and their elderly parents, an East Austin home that combines modernism with farmhouse elements, a Marfa-inspired home, a Lake Travis “treehouse” and more.
For more information and home previews, mads.media/atxmod2021
April-November You also have access to modern home tours across the country, including one devoted to midcentury modern housing developments. Participating cities include Seattle in April, Houston in May, San Francisco/Silicon Valley in July, Denver/Boulder in August, Vancouver in September, Washington, D.C., and the surrounding metro area in October and San Diego in November. A pass is $10 per month (watch the livestream on specific dates or at your convenience).
AIA Fort Worth goes virtual
May 15-16 The Fort Worth chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAFW) is going virtual with the six residences that had been scheduled for its 2020 tour; we’ll preview them in our May issue.
Historic Fort Worth regroups and reschedules
April 21-25 Typically held in February, Historic Fort Worth’s A Needle Art Love Story, Chapter VIII this year takes place in April at Thistle Hill. Check out the exhibit of cross-stitch and needlepoint at the annual fundraiser for the nonprofit, which oversees two landmark Fort Worth properties and supports architectural preservation throughout the city. Tickets go on sale March 15. Find more information and ticket prices on the website.
1509 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, historicfortworth.org/events-tours/na
May 16 This year’s Hidden Gardens of Fort Worth Tour will be open for in-person attendance with safety protocols in effect. We previewed the five featured homes in Westover Hills early in 2020; expect one of the most interesting tours in recent years thanks to the variety of private courtyards, spectacular water features, lush gardens and inventive hardscape designs. This year’s honoree is Louella “Lou” Martin, whose Fort Worth ancestors trace back to the 1870s. She and Nick Martin, her late husband, were generous benefactors of Texas Wesleyan University. Lou also is a major supporter of Cook Children’s Medical Center. New this year are online ticket sales; look for more information closer to the tour date at historicfortworth.org.