GRAPEVINE — Grapevine’s Historic Township will showcase a variety of beautiful historic homes and buildings during the Seventh Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes on Saturday.Guests on the self-guided walking tour will learn about the histories and renovations of the homes and buildings and speak with the property owners during the event, according to city spokeswoman Leigh Lyons. Docents will also be on hand to answer questions.The tour starts at Homestead Winery, 211 E. Worth St. Each participant receives a guidebook and a complimentary glass of wine. Luminaries will mark each destination home. The event is from 4-7 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person.New homeowners Simon Dirnberger and Lisa Wise are proud of their fledgling residence — built in 1907 — and are eager to share it with others for the night.Both love telling the story of how they found their dream “shack,” as they lovingly call it.The couple moved from Tulsa for a job and settled into an apartment as they began their search for a permanent place to live. They were immediately drawn to the historic Grapevine area.“We did not want a cookie cutter home,” said Wise, 52. “We don’t like chain restaurants and other chain things, too. We like people who open individual businesses, who like to take risks.”The couple looked for a year.“We stalked Grapevine,” Wise said.They fell in love with an area within walking distance of downtown, Wise said, adding she would have “moved into a shack there.”A price reduction got them into the home of their dreams at 521 E. Worth Street. They moved in in May with their 5-pound Yorkie, Wasabi. The city helped them make sure their renovations and improvements followed a historical path.“It was awesome,” she said, raving about the distressed wood floors and high ceilings. “We could have got a nice new house where everything works or a home that requires maintenance but is beautiful to look at.”When they were asked to be a part of the tour, Wise said, “We were thrilled. Why wouldn’t we be?”This 1,270-square-foot house is a vernacular cottage design. The design features a symmetrical facade with smooth exterior wall surfaces, turned spindles for the porch supports and tall, thin windows. Window surrounds are plain with a simple pediment above.Founded in 1844, Grapevine is the oldest community in Tarrant County. Settlers made their way to the fertile black soil of the Grape Vine Prairie and found good water, game and the nearby timber resources their families needed, Lyons said. Today, modern “settlers” live in Grapevine’s Historic Township. Quaint, historic homes from the 1890s to the 1950s make up most of the historic district’s housing, she said.For additional information about Grapevine, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com.
Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367