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Progressive Tour of Five Historic Homes Dec. 29

The President Benjamin Harrison Home will host its fifth annual "A Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street" - a tour of historic houses and elegant dining - Saturday, Dec. 29 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will feature progressive tours of the 1875 Italianate-style, three-story Victorian home of President Benjamin Harrison, which figured prominently in his campaign for the presidency and provides insight into his family's life and history. Harp music will fill the atmosphere of Harrison's furnishings, paintings and other artifacts couched in Christmas decor. Warm cider and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the home.

The second home on the tour is the National Federation of Music Clubs, which is housed in the authentically restored Eden-Talbott mansion, an Italianate house built in 1878.

The next house on the tour is the historic Propylaeum, where dinner will be served. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, it is a combination of Romanesque Revival, Neo-Jacobean and Queen Anne-style architecture. Among its noteworthy features are the impressive windows, leaded glass doors, Rookwood fireplace tiles, grand staircase and intricate Italian carvings.

A block north on the tour is the Georgian-Colonial Revival home, formerly of author Meredith Nicholson and currently of the Indiana Humanities Council. The home inspired Nicholson to write the book A House of a Thousand Candles. The home's candlelight tales will be served.

The tour and meal will be topped off at The Villa Inn, Restaurant and Spa, with its interesting history and Italian ambiance. Dessert and coffee will be served.

A fund-raising event for the President Harrison Home, the "Candlelight Evening" requires reservations for its limited capacity. Tickets are $75 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 317-631-1888.

Afternoon Tea

A proper high-tea service offers a respite from the winter cold and is the highlight of the afternoon at the Indianapolis Propylaeum, 1410 N. Delaware St., one of the city's most well-known historic landmarks. Cost is $13.95. Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m., Jan. 4, 11,18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. 638-7881.


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