Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tour of Homes turns 30

Warm Springs-area houses boast Baldy views and sleek designs

Express Staff Writer

The Community Library’s 30th annual Tour of Homes will feature the Meadowcroft home in Warm Springs, seen in this photo by Fred Lindholm. Photo by

The Community Library's most important fundraiser of the year is its Tour of Homes. This year marks the 30th annual Tour of Homes, which will take place in the Warm Springs area of Ketchum.

Five homes have been highlighted to celebrate the anniversary tour, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the event includes a Jazz in the Garden party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with refreshments and special musical guests.

The tour includes the Meadowcroft family's contemporary log home, which features stylish modern elements such as a bamboo and steel staircase and sleek modern furnishings. The Underwood home on Warm Springs Creek, which has a lodge and hunting feel, incorporates antique furniture and rustic mountain fineries.

The Mediterranean-influenced family home of the Averys has Venetian glass fixtures to beautify the home's plentiful space for entertaining. The Fremont-Smith home is a 10,000-square-foot architectural wonder filled with art from around the world, which includes a one-of-kind Inuit sculpture collection. Finally, the Spain home is a blend of Old World architecture with 21st century styles, accents and additions.

The Community Library, at 415 Spruce Ave. in Ketchum, will provide transportation by Mountain Rides buses for tour participants. Buses will leave from the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every 20 minutes. Private vehicles are not permitted on the tour and cyclists are encouraged to ride the 25-minute loop starting at the mouth of Warm Springs canyon.

The Community Library has served Ketchum and its neighboring communities for more than 54 years. The library relies on the Tour of Homes fundraiser for financial support to help fund its wide array of offerings. The library is not tax-supported and imposes no fees, fines or other restrictions on users. Lectures, guest authors, films, poetry readings, a regional history department and a children's library are just a few of its programs.

The Tour of Homes will feature an opening party at Kipp Nelson's home in Adams Gulch near Ketchum from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and special guest speaker Mark B. Thompson, a Philadelphia architect. Tickets are $250 ($225 is tax-deductible). The ticket price for the opening party includes a special early entrance to the tour.

Tickets for the Tour of Homes can be purchased at The Community Library or online at Tickets are $75 and fully tax-deductible.

For details, visit or call 726-3493.

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