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2016 Tour to feature 'Early Bloomington'

Have you ever been in a home that was built in 1857? Or climbed a servant staircase, or peered through wavy glass? The Old House Society is planning its 2016 Tour of Homes, and this year we are concentrating our efforts on the beautiful homes of “Early Bloomington” on East Jefferson, East Washington, and Kreitzer Avenue. The tour will take place on Saturday, June 11 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Tickets are $15 and will be on sale in May at several locations around town, including Schnucks (in Bloomington and Normal), The Garlic Press, A.B. Hatchery, Casey’s Garden Shop, and the Old House Society Warehouse (214 East Douglas Street). We will be capping our ticket sales at 1,000 this year, so they will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Lunches will be available for purchase, so bring a friend and make a day of it. Proceeds help support our residential grant program and fund our salvage and warehouse operations. Thank you for supporting Old House Society!!!

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Check out the latest in our Warehouse

doorknobAn ongoing, updated posting of photos of the newest items that have recently been added to our warehouse inventory can be found on our Facebook page. Click here to see photos of the latest items that have been salvaged by our warehouse crew or donated by generous patrons like you.

OHS grant program

The Old House Society has a grant program that is designed to help homeowners in their efforts to repair and rehabilitate their historic homes. To be considered, a project must repair or restore a building in a way that will maintain or add to the home’s historic nature.

Successful grant recipients will receive a grant worth $500 ($250 in salvage warehouse credit and a $250 check from the Old House Society). Applicants agree that if selected they will allow OHS to document and publicize their renovation project.