If you ever wanted to peek inside some of McPherson's oldest homes, now is your chance.
The McPherson Opera House is hosting a Historic Holiday Homes Tour from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1.
The event will serve as a fundraiser for the opera house and the McPherson County Food Bank.
"We figured that was in the spirit of giving ... so it's nice to be able to donate to the food bank," said McPherson Opera House Business Director Diane Fallis.
Attendees will take part in a self-guided tour of the four places within walking distance of downtown McPherson. The McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau's trolley will also make a loop and stop each location.
Starting at the McPherson Opera House, located at 219 S. Main, participants can take in the three-story structure that was built in 1888 and restored 121 years after its opening in 1889.
"In the pit, we're going to have cookies, light snacks and seasonal beverages," Fallis said.
Also featured on the tour is the building on the southwest corner of Main and Marlin streets which was built in 1878. While McPherson Bank operated on the first floor, an opera house was opened on the second floor in 1880.
That second floor is now home to Chuck and Taryn Vetter, who operate Sounds Great on the first floor of the building. The Vetters renovated the second floor into a home, keeping many of its architectural elements and uncovering the large windows. Antique signs and fixtures, a spiral staircase and Chuck's custom-made furniture constructed from old pianos makes the loft is a unique dwelling space.
Another stop on the Historic Holiday Homes Tour will be the John D. Milliken Residence at 517 S. Walnut. Milliken, who was a notable attorney in Kansas, began his practice in McPherson in 1880. He was instrumental in developing railroad lines both in Kansas and in Colorado, where the town of Milliken was named in his honor. The 1887 home features several wide balconies, including one stretching over what was once an area for carriages to pull through.
The John R. Wright House at 322 W. Marlin is also part of the Historic Holiday Homes Tour. Also built in 1887, the home has Queen Anne revival-style architecture. It was the dwelling place of John R. Wright, a Civil War veteran who lost his left arm in the war. Wright was elected county clerk in 1873 and also served as postmaster. The home's has three parlors and five bedrooms kept from its original floor plan. Many architectural features including walnut, cherry, gum and oak woodwork can be seen throughout the home.
More details about each featured stop will be made available to Historic Holiday Homes Tour attendees.
"We're going to have a handout to give out at each location," Fallis said.
Tickets for the Historic Holiday Home Tour are limited and are $20 each. Locations besides the opera house will be open between 1 and 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.mcphersonoperahouse.org or call 620-241-1952.