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November 23, 2013

Three historical homes chosen for Christmas Open House tour

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Each year three homeowners are chosen to show off their living space during the Aequalis Study Club Christmas Open House Extravaganza and this year, each home has a bit of history.

Each year in the past, there have been one or two homes chosen that had been built somewhat recently. This year, all three homes are a bit older and will be showcased from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 1. Homes on the tour are Tom and Pat York, 1013 Ranchwood; David and Donna Duwe, 801 W. Beech; and Tony and Leslie Miser, 1107 W. Jones.

Located at the York home will be the annual Aequalis Sweet Shoppe. While this is a worthy reason to stop by, there is plenty else to see. Pat and her daughter-in-law Gloria York, an Aequalis member, have worked together decorating the home.

“I’m excited to show it to everyone and I’m happy to do this for the Aequalis,” said Pat. “I think people will enjoy seeing it.”

Pulling up to the York home, the first thing many people notice is the several large street-facing windows. Designed by James Howle, the lodge-type home was built in 1972. Pat and her husband are only the second owners.

“I had admired the house for years,” she said. “We moved in Sept. 2008.”

Although moving into her favorite house in town was in itself a happy event, an added bonus was living only four houses down from her son Tim, his wife Gloria and their son. This has made preparing for the tour a bit easier.

“We started three weeks ago,” Gloria said. “It’s been a gradual process.”

Because of the home’s lodge feel, the two women decided on a rustic Christmas decoration theme. Burlap can be seen on the unique staircase’s banister, in the dining room and sparingly throughout the rest of the home.

“My mom is from Germany and she collected all these bears (from Germany),” said Gloria. “We decided to have a bear room.”

Real snowshoes and antique suitcases can be seen near the living room fireplace, which Pat said is her favorite part. Gloria prefers the dining room, which is decked out almost inch-to-inch with red and green.

If you look closely as you drive up, through the large front windows you can glimpse a good sized tree decorated to its finest, as well as an old piano.

“I think a lot of people have seen this home because Mr. Howle used to have parties all the time,” said Pat. “He would play the piano for them. That was his piano; we bought it when we bought the house.”

Pat also said she plans to have a young man from her church play throughout part of the tour.

As for the other two homes, the Miser’s is a 1962 Arkansas Stone home that has had much work done on it by the couple. The Duwe’s have completely renovated the last remaining Queen Anne Victorian house in Duncan. It was built in 1906.

Tickets for the tour are available at The Loft, The Ginger Jar and Dear Friends in Duncan. All proceeds from tickets and the Sweet Shoppe go to causes Aequalis’ support such as Stephens County Youth Services, Compassion Healthcare Center, academic scholarships, Duncan Toy Shop and Women’s Haven, as well as many more.

Out of respect to the homeowners, the club asks that only adults attend the tour and no photography be taken in the homes.