Ben Avon 2017 “Holiday House Tour”

This Ridge Avenue home, featured on the Holiday House Tour, was built about 1900 in a restrained late Victorian Queen Anne style popular from 1880 to 1910. This style is characterized by an asymmetrical front façade, mixed materials -- in this case, shingle over brick -- classical porch support columns, Palladian windows in dormers, bay windows, and enclosed upper story porches. Many passersby have been struck by the enclosed wrap-around porch on the second floor. The current owners’ daughter, an avid reader, and her cat Snowflake adopted this porch as their reading room. The Wagner family has been hard at work since 2013 improving an already beautiful home, particularly the outdoor entertaining areas. In addition to Snowflake, the affable parents wanted to create a warm and sociable space for their four children and two rambunctious dogs.

The Avon Club’s 2017 Ben Avon Holiday House Tour will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour. For information, visit http://avonclub.benavon.org/site/house-tour/ or e-mail: housetour@benavon.org. Tickets may be bought in person at Anchor & Anvil Coffee Bar, 7221 Church Ave, Ben Avon, PA 15202, anchoranvilcoffee.com

The tour features six homes plus the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. These homes are examples of the residential architecture of Ben Avon. The feature home located at 125 Ridge Ave., with its new coat of blue paint and façade lighting, serves as a landmark for travelers heading northwest along Ohio River Boulevard..