Pleasant Ridge Home and Garden tour offers look at old and new

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published May 16, 2016

 “You can take something that is tired and needs help and turn it into a beautiful home,” Keith Cunningham said of the home he’ll be featuring in this year’s tour.

“You can take something that is tired and needs help and turn it into a beautiful home,” Keith Cunningham said of the home he’ll be featuring in this year’s tour.

Photo provided by Jessica Herzig

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PLEASANT RIDGE — The Pleasant Ridge Historical Commission will hold its 12th annual Home and Garden Tour, showing off homes built in the 1920s to homes newly built, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Attendees will meet behind City Hall, 23925 Woodward Ave., where they can pick up the tour booklet and information about the homes and gardens.

There are eight homes on the tour — some exhibiting only the homes, some only the gardens, and some both. The styles include 1920s English Tudor, 1930s Art Deco and the current trends in the industry.

Vice Chair of the Historical Commission Jessica Bancroft Herzig said the commission always tries to get a mix of homes when choosing which ones to feature on the tour.

“This is something that the homeowners are very gracious enough to allow people to come to their homes, and they spent a lot of time and effort getting the homes ready and the gardens ready,” she said. “It’s really, more or less, a volunteer effort, and we really encourage people to consider putting their homes on, because Pleasant Ridge is so unique in that aspect.

“No one house is exactly the same.”

One owner who will feature a home on the tour is Keith Cunningham, who owns a 1937 Georgian Colonial home that was once condemned but now is being renovated and rehabbed.

Cunningham said the 2,000-square-foot home had fallen into disrepair, but he saw that it was well-made and beautiful, so he and his brother purchased it to fix it up.

“It has a lot going for it,” he said. “We kind of look at it as an opportunity.”

Cunningham said the home still is a work in progress, but the Historical Commission wanted to include it because people always have heard interesting, and sometimes terrible, stories about it.

“I’m telling people, ‘No, it’s remarkable,’” he said of the home, which he’s currently cleaning up the inside of and redoing so it resembles the way the home looked as originally intended.

“It’s very important for us to make it historically accurate,” he said.

Cunningham said people will rethink what is possible when it comes to home construction when they take a look at what’s been done.

“Just because it looks bad (on) day one doesn’t mean it’s going to look bad at the end,” he said. “We walk into this house and look at the bones and say, ‘This is phenomenal.’ It needs some help, but I think that people will be able to see at the end, when we’re done, that you can take something that is tired and needs help and turn it into a beautiful home.”

Proceeds from the tour will go to the Historical Commission, Herzig said, which primarily will use it for historical preservation, special events, and maintenance of the Historical Museum and its grounds.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased for $15 online at www.cityofpleasantridge.org, or at the City Hall and Recreation Center, 4 Ridge Road.

They also can be bought the day of the event for $20 at City Hall.

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