Gems of South Mission Hills

| March 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mission Hills Heritage Spring Event allows guests to experience an extensive variety of architectural styles built over many decades.

Mission Hills Heritage’s Spring Event is schedule for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 14. This year’s walking tour, “Gems of South Mission Hills,” includes guided walks through this delightfully charming neighborhood. Guests will experience an extensive variety of architectural styles built over many decades, one home dates all the way back to 1888. Docents will lead participants along a one-mile route, explaining various architectural styles and pointing out salient elements. The history of the neighborhood, and its houses, including stories and legends of residents, will be detailed. Tours will leave from South Mission Hills approximately every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New this year, seven seminars and workshops will begin on the hour in the auditorium of Francis Parker Lower School. The first presentation, entitled Gems of South Mission Hills, The Talk without the Walk, begins at 10 a.m. Other topics include Early 20th Century Entry Doors and Millwork; Is There a Dragon in Your Chimney?; Historic Designation and the Mills Act Explained; The Effect of Historic Designation and the Mills Act on Present Day Real Estate Values (a follow-up to the Narwold Report); Can I Do That?, An explanation of additions and rehabilitations following the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.

Twelve exhibitors will have displays in Parker’s courtyard throughout the day. They will share their expertise and be available to answer questions.

Food trucks will be at Parker School for your convenience. And, as always, complimentary homemade cookies and lemonade will await guests at the conclusion of the tour.

For online advance ticket sales, visit
All-inclusive tickets are discounted for Mission Hills Heritage members at $15, non-members $20.

Day-of-event ticket sales begin at 9:30 a.m. at Francis Parker Lower School, located at 4201 Randolph Street. Members pay $20; non-members cost is $25. Tickets are non-refundable.

All events begin with registration and check-in at Francis Parker School. Consider all-day parking at Parker and walk, carpool, or use rideshare (approximately $3.50 to $5.) with Uber or Lyft) from Parker to the walk’s starting point.

This full day of activities includes a fact-filled walking tour, educational seminars and informative exhibits. Participants are urged to plan their schedule according to the array of interesting options and to purchase cost-saving tickets online to facilitate check-in on the day of the event. For further information, the schedule, and membership information, go to

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