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Mason County Republican Women's 2012 Home Tour
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 • Posted April 11, 2012

Wildflowers and a tour of homes sound like a good combination for an excursion on a Saturday in Spring. The Mason County Republican Women (MCRW) plan to provide their 26th Annual Home Tour on April 21st from the hours of 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.Tickets will be available at Market Square on the west side of the square the week of the tour, and also at each home on the 21st. A map to the homes will be included with the $10.00 ticket. MCRW would like to thank the homeowners for opening their home for this tour with the purpose of raising monies for the scholarship fund.The two in town houses on the tour were built more than a century apart, however each show the individuality and creativeness of the owners.Built in 1904 and holding an air of mystery to many is the old Mebus home located at 1004 South Avenue F. Bought in 2007 by Rollie and Debbie Armstrong-Morgan of Austin, the home is Victorian with a German influence. The builder, Otto Mebus, knew stonework and provided a rock exterior to an otherwise Victorian style.Rollie and Debbie had redone an old Victorian home in Lockhart, but took on the task of bringing yet another older house back to life.One of the treasures they unearthed, or rather un-plastered, was a rock archway discovered between two rooms. It now can be seen between the living room and the new kitchen. When bought, this home needed a new roof, had no working plumbing, and required a complete restoration. In three years this couple has tackled major renovations and has tamed the downstairs area and part of the upstairs. A room or two are still examples of the “before” needs of the house.The owners have requested that visitors park on the side street, Centennial Springs, and enter through the front door that faces Avenue F.At 1410 Ischar, the home belonging to Dennis and Kay Evans is on a hill, formerly known as Zesch Hill. Park at the tennis court at the base of the hill and transportation will be provided to the home.The Evans moved into their newly completed home in July 2010. The stucco exterior give a Southwest flavor to the home, and the expansive windows allowed the multitiered outside landscaping to be enjoyed while indoors.Decorated in earth tones with Southwest art décor, the great room’s ceiling of cedar extends out to a large screened in porch. The kitchen features a butcher block which was in Kay’s father’s butcher shop when she was a girl. A note of interest here is that Butch Zesch whose home was on this hill was also a butcher.The Evans kept one of the Zesch’s rock retaining walls, made rectangular slabs from the concrete of the old patio to use in their sidewalks, and recycled the hand poured cement piers to help with the drainage in their yard.The docents at each home will have many other areas of interest to point out. A short article can do neither justice as both homes need to be seen to be fully appreciated. Join the Tour on April 21st.Next week’s article will feature the country home that will be part of the 2012 MCRW Home Tour.

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