Dormont’s Sugarplum House Tour spotlights 100- to 120-year-old homes
Dormont Public Library will host its first Sugarplum House Tour on Dec. 6, showcasing a church and five historic homes in the borough.
The event will include stops at the North Way Christian Community’s Dormont campus off Potomac Avenue and at homes along nearby Espy and Glenmore avenues, with bell ringers and Christmas carolers along the way.
The Sugarplum tour is the first holiday season event of its kind for the library, and came about because of the success of a fall house and garden tour in October that drew more than 100 people, library officials said.
The tour is expected to be “a nice evening to get everyone in the community excited for the holidays,” Dormont Public Library Director Cindy D’Agostino said. The fall event raised about $3,200; the library’s annual budget is about $270,000, she said.
Gary and Mary Grace Rogers’ home of more than 25 years will be included in the tour. It’s about 100 years old, with a Victorian period charm that many houses in the borough offer.
Mary Grace Rogers said the event will “show the distinctive character of Dormont houses.” Window seats are her favorite. They’re often found in early 20th century houses, she said.
The home is “already decorated and ready to go,” for the tour, detailed mostly with fresh greens, Rogers said, adding the tour “showcases what people can do with the older homes in the Dormont area.”
Houses on the tour all are 100 to 120 years old, like many homes in Dormont. The community was the first independent municipality in the South Hills of Allegheny County, established in 1909, according to the borough website.
Corey Nile Wingard’s and Jeffrey Grasha’s home also will be featured in the holiday tour.
Their Victorian-esque home was built in 1907 in the foursquare style, which typically has four large rooms to a floor.
The house includes a wraparound porch and original stained glassed windows.
There are pocket doors that lead to the parlor, and a one-of-a-kind mural painted in the dining room.
Wingard said decorating for the holidays and “celebrating Christ’s birth … has become a family tradition.”
Katie O’Toole is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.