The Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Chestnut Hill Community Association have joined forces to organize the second annual Great Houses Tour, taking place on Sunday, May 21, from 1-5 p.m.

The tour welcomes you to unabashedly explore six fabulous Chestnut Hill homes, representing many different architectural styles and eras of construction, from the mid-1800s to the late-1960s. All of these homes have been (or are in the process of being) adapted for contemporary living while embracing the community’s history and landscape.

You’ll be inspired by a spacious classic Victorian designed by G. W. and W. D. Hewitt, a former carriage house converted brilliantly into a single-family home, and a unique postmodern home designed by architect Gunther Buchholz as his personal residence, among others.

Among the myriad features of the special homes on this tour will be the renovations that their owners have recently completed to them, from new kitchens to bathrooms to living spaces. One home showcases a complete restructuring of its floor plan to accommodate the needs of modern life while respecting the historic architecture that gives it its resounding charm. Many of these houses have never previously been included on any tour, and will likely never be again. They are not to be missed!

Chestnut Hill’s Great Houses Tour is designed to celebrate and share the ways that traditional and contemporary design can coexist in this historic and architecturally extraordinary community. The hosts at each house include not only the owners but also the architects, designers, and contractors to connect you to a wealth of information. No number of questions for them is too many!

The locations of this year’s six featured homes will not be revealed until the day of the tour – at check-in at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields – but sneak-peaks will be dropped on the registration Web page between now and May 21.

To register, go to or call 215-247-9329, x202. Discounts are offered to current members of the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and/or Community Association. Please note that tickets are limited and moving fast!

The program is generously sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor, the Nottingham-Goodman Group of Merrill Lynch, as well as DCH Contractors, Dennis F. Meyer Inc., EDW Builders, George Woodward Co., Krieger + Associates Architects, Kurtz Construction, Main Line Kitchen Design, Matthew Millan Architects, and Old Village Master Painters.


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