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MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW... Our 2014 Annual Old North House & Community Tour will be Sat., May 17, 2014

This year's tour was made possible by generous financial support from our "Tour Presenter"along with "Tour Sponsors", Commerce Bank, Duffe-Nuernberger Realty / ND&S Management, Equifax, HuschBlackwell, LLP, & U.S. Bank, and several other sponsors.

Every year in May, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group hosts a neighborhood-wide house & community tour to show off the warmth of the community, the richness and character of the architecture, the beauty of the community gardens and greenspaces, and the dynamic revitalization in progress. This year the big day is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014.  With the aid of a tour booklet, this go-at-your-own-pace, self-guided tour provides visitors, friends of the community, and residents of Old North to get up-close views of the award-winning revitalization in progress.  More than a dozen stops on the tour will feature beautifully-restored, historic homes; a recently built home with universal design components; houses in the midst of rehab; adaptive re-uses of formerly obsolete structures (including one which uses state-of-the art energy-efficiency and sustainability technology); apartments in buildings that once had been severely dilapidated, crumbling, and abandoned; neighborhood gardens, including one with a brand new, "little free library"; and much more.  Advance tickets are available at the ONSLRG office, 2700 N. 14th Street, or online by clicking HERE.  Tickets on the day of the tour will be sold at $12 each at the registration tent.

To get a better sense of the tour, click HERE  for photos from the 2013 Old North House & Community Tour.  For photos from 2012, click HERE.  For photos from 2011, click HERE and HERE...from 2010, click HERE and for scenes from our 2009 tour, click HERE.

We invite friends of Old North and all who care about urban neighborhoods to come see why Kaid Benfield of the Natural Resources Defense Council referred to Old North as "one of the country's very best revitalizing neighborhoods," and why the U.S. EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities selected Old North for the Overall Excellence winner of their 2011 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement. As further evidence that Old North is developing a reputation as a good model for sustainable community development, the U.S. Green Building Council's Missouri Gateway chapter presented one of their 2013 Growing Green Awards (in the "Community Champion" category) to Old North St. Louis Restoration Group and East-West Gateway Council of Governments presented their Public-Non-Profit Collaboration Award to ONSLRG.

A distinguishing feature of the Old North House & Community Tour is that it includes much more than a traditional tour.  In addition to the self-guided tour, the day's events also celebrate and put the spotlight on the great, local, and independent businesses up and down the 2600 & 2700 blocks of N. 14th Street, along with some good music and dancing in the street. 

The tour features the great diversity of housing styles that make Old North a community where almost everyone can find a place that suits their budget and lifestyle. Stops on the tour include historically rehabbed houses that once were abandoned shells, a variety of green / sustainable elements that have been incorporated into new and old homes, community gardens (including the 13th Street Garden, which grows food for the North City Farmers’ Market and is home to the Old North Chicken Coop), and new businesses at Crown Square.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2014 Old North House & Community Tour.  For information about this opportunity to support the neighborhood's revitalization, click on the downloadable Sponsorship Information Form on the right side of this page.

Ticket Information

Tour tickets are available in advance for $10 and will be available on the day of the tour for $12 per person. You can purchase tickets in advance one of the following two ways:

  1. With a credit card using PayPal. Click here to order tickets online.
    After clicking on the "add to cart" button below you will be prompted to enter in the number of tickets you would like and then purchase them through the PayPal service. Note: We will not be shipping out tickets. Instead, they will be waiting for you at the registration tent, at St. Louis Avenue & N. 14th Street, on the day of the house tour.
  2. Come by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office with cash/check or send a check in the amount of $10 per ticket to:
Old North St. Louis Restoration Group
2700 N. 14th. Street
St. Louis, MO 63106

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in helping on the day of the tour as a volunteer, click on the downloadable form to the right give us a call at (314) 241-5031 or e-mail the office at info@onsl.org.

 

HOUSE TOUR

Want to see the neighborhood from the inside out?  Join us for our annual Old North House & Community Tour on Saturday, May 17, 2014.