This Sunday is the “Homes for the Holidays” tour and while spectators will see decked out historic homes, it’s more than the holiday appearance, however that brings people on these tours.
At Faith Marshall’s home, her stockings are up, table set and the tree glowing. She’s owned this home for two years.
“Even though I’m new to the area, I love this city,” Marshall said. “The people have been great, I’m starting to get to know the area and the people, I just love it here.”
Her home is one of the seven stops on the 33rd annual tour. The tours are set up by the Near Westside Neighborhood Association.
“I actually went on the tour last year, I did catch it last year,” she said. “There was just a mass of people. It’s so much fun, it’s great to see what people have done with their homes.”
She is showing her home for the first time in the tour after the association asked her if she was interested. As for James Capriotti, it’s his eighth year and he’s willingly volunteered every year.
“We have showcased at least one, and up to four properties at a time on the tour,” Capriotti said.
This year, he’s showing three apartment buildings he owns. Each are over a century old. The apartments are in the final stages of renovation, but still something Capriotti wants the public to see.
“It’s a great example of the architecture, the Victorian architecture that existed that was so prevalent in Elmira in the late 1800s,” he said. “But we have created a different finish to it and it’s much more urban.”
As for the decorations, he said his wife will put them up tomorrow.
The tour is this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be bought at the NWNA’s office located at 353 Davis Street in Elmira. More details can be found on the NWNA’s website.