Porch Brunch and House Tour Collingswood, New Jersey

Porch Brunch and House Tour Collingswood, New Jersey

Porch Brunch and House Tour

2014 “Tour Harvard” with Proud Neighbors of Collingswood on May 18 th and Enjoy Brunch, Plus Harvard Avenue Exhibits & Cooking Demonstrations

Save the Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014! This event is rain or shine.


Proud Neighbors of Collingswood celebrate their 31st  anniversary by inviting you to “Tour Harvard” during our Porch Brunch and House Tour on Sunday, May 18.  This year’s theme  “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage,” introduces audiences to the ongoing work that enriches and preserves the places that make our neighborhood special. Proud Neighbors hopes guests will be inspired to save irreplaceable structures and embark on working together to recognize how preservation contributes to our vibrant community!

Porch Brunch, 11am or 1pm

Enjoy a homemade brunch of savory “Strata O’Brien” with potatoes, ham, onions, peppers and cheese, accompanied by a refreshing salad.  Brunch is complimented with homemade muffins, coffee, hot tea, ice tea and desserts.  A $28 combination ticket includes brunch, 7 house tours, plus outdoor exhibits along Harvard Avenue. Try Proud Neighbors’ brunch on an 1891 Greek Revival Haddon Avenue porch.

Advance Brunch reservations are required. Reserve today by calling 609-238-5407.

Tour Harvard! 12 to 5:30pm

Seven private homes will be open for tour on Sunday, May 18.  House Tour tickets are $18 ($15 in advance).  Tickets are available at: Bauhaus Hair Design Studio, Grooveground and Borough Hall.  Grooveground also sells tour-only tickets on May 18.

New Twist -Harvard Avenue Open-air Festivities, 12 to 5:30pm

Proud Neighbors marks this civic organization’s 31st milestone with a twist; a focus on one select street, Tour Harvard!   Stroll along Harvard Avenue to tour homes plus enjoy the aroma created by outdoor chefs’ displays and be serenaded by musicians, inspired by handmade pottery creations, visually stirred by artists and informed with restoration tips! The first two blocks of Harvard Avenue  will be closed to vehicular traffic to encourage leisurely afternoon enjoyment from noon to 5:30 p.m. Wear your Proud Neighbors-supplied red wristband to enjoy outdoor performances along Harvard Avenue on May 18.

Four Collingswood restaurants will showcase their talents with outdoor cooking demonstrations during Proud Neighbors 2014 Tour Harvard! (No food sold at tour.)  Chef Mark Smith of The Tortilla Press says “food is love and life.  Bistro di Marino remarks that his kitchen is “where I get to do what I love and share it with all who pass through its doors.”  Kitchen Consigliere cooking style is “influenced by the dishes he ate growing up.” Cooking with Nunzio “is all blooming flavors, colors, textures, and freshness.”

-The Homes-

Gambrel Style

Porch Brunch and House Tour Collingswood, New Jersey

Only about 10% of Colonial Revival houses have Gambrel roofs. This front facing Gambrel Harvard Avenue subtype resembles a Dutch Colonial.  The steeply pitched front Gambrel with full second story and full-width porch, has a cross Gambrel at the rear. It is influenced by the Shingle style with cedar shake siding on the second story and side bay.  This “diamond in the rough,” built in the early 1900s, is a loving work-in-progress. The new homeowners plan to bring this unique home back to its former glory.  They have just begun to preserve this Collingswood heritage for themselves and future generations.

American Foursquare

Harvard Avenue is a tidy street of mostly American Foursquare-style houses constructed between 1900-1910.  Homeowners are eager to preserve original details, such as the chestnut woodwork, hardwood floors with walnut borders and stained glass windows. Some owners are conscientious about striving to stay true to the home’s historic character including refurbishing original wood windows and hundred-year cedar siding.

While some “Tour Harvard” houses conform to their original footprint, other homes have taken liberty to “open up” the spaces.  Several have supplemented their square footage, yet kept these additions true to the fundamental character of the house. Proud Neighbors Vice President, Bunny Hare remarks that “it is wonderful to see that homes built more than a century ago still have a viable life in our present day society.”  A few houses recovered from neglect that unknowingly removed original features before these proud American Four Square edifices found families to give them respect.  Collaborating with architects, homeowners worked to incorporate modern infrastructure and even a place for mom.

Harvard Avenue Outdoor Exhibit

Talk with experts who have refreshed “Tour Harvard” homes by replacing the front porch floors with mahogany, restoring shutters and original porch wood railings.  Homeowners and professionals discuss their meticulous approach to restore one home to its 1906 beauty by using organic stripper on cedar siding and tin roofs, covering the stripper with plastic, then scraping off paint to uncover the original 108-year wood.

On May 18, Proud Neighbors invite you to discover your neighborhood and uncover these house histories. Find a place you can be involved in your town so you and others might Embark, Inspire and Engage in the New Age of Preservation!

Tour Homes 2014

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