Park City Historic Home Tour This Saturday

This Saturday marks the annual Historic Home Tour here in Park City. As a Realtor I have unfettered access to pretty much any house on the market. But the historic home tour is fantastic in that I get access to historic homes that are not for sale. Every year the Park City Museum arranges a selection of homes in a few block section of the Old Town historic district.


This year is the lower Woodside Ave and lower Park Ave tour. You purchase a ticket (early on the website or at the event), they give you a sticker to identify yourself with and a pamphlet of all the houses on the tour with their histories and old photos. The pamphlet by itself is worth the $20 (or $15 if you’re a museum member). Then you simply walk from house to house, spend as much time as you like ogling the doorknobs, perusing the historic documents and artifacts owners typically have displayed. A panel of people passionate about preservation.

(Alliteration for the win.)
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323 Park Ave: A Love Story

Hello, My name is Kristina and I have a thing for historic buildings. Particularly historic buildings in the Wild West. So lucky for me, I sell real estate in an old silver town turned ski resort. Two years ago I toured 323 Park Ave, A CONVERTED SWEDISH LUTHERAN CHURCH OMG. And, it’s now for sale. If it lasts that long, it’ll be on Open House tour Wednesday, December 9, 2015, and you’d be crazy to miss it. So get ready. Imma lay down some sick history beats.

323ParkAveI saw this house during the Park City Museum’s Historic Home Tour. If you’re ever in Park City in June you have to attend this event.

It’s just a few doors up from where I was living in Old Town and true to rumor, is a converted church and on the national historic registry and obviously the Historic Sites Inventory with Park City. An English-born butcher John William Bircumshaw (who also owned a saloon at 455 Main) deeded the land to St. John’s Swedish Lutheran Church in 1906. In 1907 the structure was built at a cost of $2,197 to serve the 31 local Lutherans (9 Swedes and 22 Finns, for those keeping score at home).

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Kristina’s Top 5 Tips For Owning an Old House (that you won’t find on TV)

As a Realtor, I have the inside line if you will on terrific properties. So when the opportunity arose to buy a one-owner 1955 home in Salt Lake City for a great price in a good neighborhood I jumped on it. But an older home will come with challenges. This is the price we pay for established trees, a piece of history, and a charming home. Nevertheless, this has been a great refresher course on what you should keep in mind when you buy an old house. Here are my top 5 tips you won’t find on TV.

1. There will be good surprises.

Kristina House-Hardwood

Original hardwood floor under the carpet. THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL.

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Oozing with Charm: 188 E Center Street, Heber City

First and foremost, houses do not ooze. Or at least, for the love of all that is holy, they shouldn’t. Secondly, if this house did ooze anything, it would be charm.

Stop saying “ooze.”

Anyways, a historic home that has been nicely remodeled is a rare thing. And with a soul as old and heart as tender as mine, it’s difficult to connect with a remodel where the exterior is old and gorgeous and the interior could be any new interior anywhere. Yes you can have better storage and taller countertops and new appliances. And you must re-do all of the plumbing and electricity in older homes for safety. I’m talking about design here. Old doorknobs. Solid panel doors. Beautifully unnecessary moulding around windows, doors, floors. CHAIR RAILS, PEOPLE!

Well, after seeing a rash of homes come on the market in neighboring Heber City that were built in the early 1900s but then destroyed with cheap remodels in the 1990s, this house was as pleasant as a fresh spring breeze. (Which we had day before yesterday and then last night it snowed 4 inches. So maybe forget that metaphor.)


188 E Center St, Heber City, Utah, 1

BEHOLD. This is a great house.

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