The popular Columbia Home Tour will soon be returning for its fourth year, with this year’s event featuring five distinct houses in the villages of Dorsey’s Search, Hickory Ridge, Long Reach and Wilde Lake.
The self-guided tour — which is sponsored by the villages of Columbia and Columbia Archives, will be held on Sunday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets will go on sale as of Monday, April 15, for $20 from any of the 10 village community associations, whose addresses can be found at ColumbiaVillages.org. On the day of the tour, tickets will be $25 and will only be available at Linden Hall in Dorsey’s Search. Proceeds will benefit local charity Rebuilding Together Howard County, which provides free home repairs to low-income families in Howard County.
The Columbia Home Tour gives an interesting perspective on what facets of architecture in Columbia endure, and what facets change so as to reflect the needs and styles of today’s residents. The tour also offers a rare opportunity to view the interior layouts of many familiar Columbia home models.
With a tour guide book and map, participants will head to the five homes, where docents will welcome and guide them. People may tour as many homes as they wish and in any order they choose. This year’s featured homes include:
a townhome located on the golf course in Dorsey’s Search;
a traditional split-level home in Dorsey’s Search;
an Arts & Crafts home on an estate lot in Hickory Ridge;
a custom contemporary in Long Reach;
and a mid-century modern home in Long Reach.
Participants are also invited to visit Linden Hall for light refreshments, and to see displays provided by Columbia Archives and Rebuilding Together Howard County.
In addition, tour participants can see a display about Columbia Association’s (CA) rain garden cost-sharing program. That display will be at the house in Wilde Lake, which has one of the rain gardens designed to help slow the flow of stormwater runoff, and which in turn helps the local waterways and environment. In case of rain on the day of the tour, the display will be at Linden Hall.