Irvington Home Tour – 2012 – Recap

On May 20, 2012, Northeast Portland’s Irvington neighborhood celebrated the 30th-annual Irvington Home Tour (IHT). This year’s IHT showcased seven lovely homes of various styles and sizes. More than 1,200 people toured the homes, which were painstakingly prepared by their owners and adorned with floral arrangements from Bloke. In addition, the Horseless Carriage Club of America, Portland Region, provided 15 vintage cars at the properties. The tour was a major success and it had the highest gross and net receipts in tour history.

This year, the IHT Home Selection Committee found seven fantastic homes for the tour. The homes included several bungalows, an art modern charmer, an English Tudor, an English Colonial, and a Dutch Colonial. Each home had its own story and innate charm, whether it was original woodwork in a bungalow or a modern kitchen remodel that incorporated the old with the new. The furnishings were equally varied, ranging from a toy soldier collection to a Captain Fantastic pinball machine.

The other tour committees worked equally as hard to carry off this year’s tour. Praise goes to the print media and brochure team, who earned their stripes with beautiful posters, handbills, and a bold orange cover on the brochure. The advertising and sponsor-relations teams also reached new heights with the highest advertising revenue to date. The pre-tour dinner committee put on another splendid meal for the homeowners, home hosts, and sponsors. The ticket sales team (online and real world) sold all but a dozen tickets. All of this was headed by new IHT Chair Kim Bissell, who brought fresh ideas to supplement those that had worked in the past.

The IHT is held annually on the third Sunday in May. It is the main fundraising event for the Irvington Community Association (ICA). Since 2000, the IHT has raised more than $160,000 to benefit public schools, charities, and neighborhood improvement projects. For more information contact the ICA’s Charitable Giving Committee.

In 2013, the tour will have a new look and feel thanks to the new IHT website, which has been nearly two years in the making. Thanks to input from the community and the IHT Board (and a ton of work by Brian Schaeperkoetter and Barb Christopher), the new website is the IHT’s portal to the world. It will provide or support tour information, photo galleries, sponsor information, online ticket sales, and more.

About the Author | Jack Kearney

Jack Kearney is a principal real estate broker with M Realty. He is a former tax and real estate attorney, who would like to put all of his skills and knowledge to work for you.