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Druid Hills hosts home tour
by Noreen Cochran
April 17, 2013 12:23 PM | 2406 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Mike Galifianakis and Frances Finegan sit in the kitchen in their Druid Hills home, which will be featured on the Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Mike Galifianakis and Frances Finegan sit in the kitchen in their Druid Hills home, which will be featured on the Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour.
At the juncture of historic architecture and modern alteration lies the 2013 Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens, slated to attract more than 2,000 visitors this weekend.

“We are delighted to share some of the compelling ways that residents have transformed their homes to accommodate modern use,” event chair Barbara Vogel said in a statement. “By highlighting the adaptive spaces, we hope to inspire visitors to consider new inspirational designs that complement the neighborhood’s historic legacy.”

The legacy is watched carefully by the Druid Hills Civic Association, the tour beneficiary, spokeswoman Lisa Campbell Harper said in a statement.

“Proceeds from the tour and events benefit the Druid Hills neighborhood, which the noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed during the late 19th century and is on the National Register of Historic Places,” she said.

Like the homes, the tour has undergone adaptations to keep up with the times.

“We have expanded our social media outreach efforts and modernized our ticket sales,” Harper said about the innovations. “New this year, the tour will also feature a speaker series on the history of the neighborhood and a classic car show sponsored by Lambda Car Club of Atlanta.”

Among the stops tourists can enjoy are a park and two residences on West Parkwood Road, including a house belonging to Frances Finegan and Mike Galifianakis.

Finegan said the tour did more than give the couple a chance to help raise $35,000 for the association.

“It also gave us the opportunity to learn more about our home. We contacted Dona Cusich, who grew up in our home,” she said about the 1948 ranch the couple bought in 2007. “She is going to be the house manager all weekend.”

Galifianakis said he hopes visitors enjoy the work of interior designer Meg Adams, while challenging guests to detect how the space fits in with the tour’s adaptive theme.

"You would not notice that someone with a wheelchair lives here," he said. "The accessibility intergrates well with our design and use. You'd have to be on the lookout."


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