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Tour Sea Cliff’s colorful Victorian and other historic homes

Sea Cliff's May 21 house tour will include

Sea Cliff's May 21 house tour will include a Queen Anne cottage, an American foursquare and a Victorian home like this one, built in 1898. Photo Credit: Leslie Guerci

Six of Sea Cliff’s many historic homes will be open to visitors during the Sea Cliff Landmarks Association biannual house tour on May 21.

The village sits on the former Methodist Campground Association founded in 1871. More than two dozen homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including an 1890s Victorian on the tour that was once one of the summer residences of John T. Pirie, a Chicago dry goods merchant and Sea Cliff founder.

Other homes open for viewing on the tour include an 1893 Queen Anne cottage with both Victorian and Anglo-Japanese features, and an American Foursquare with a wraparound porch.

“We have a large variety of architecture, though Sea Cliff is known for its Victorian architecture,” says Leslie Guerci, chairwoman of the house tour and president of the Sea Cliff Landmarks Association.

The tour, open to adults only, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. starting at the Sea Cliff Stenson Memorial Library, 281 Sea Cliff Ave.

Tickets are $35 and are available in advance at the real estate offices of Sherlock Homes, 305 Sea Cliff Ave., and Daniel Gale, 266 Sea Cliff Ave., or online with a $2.75 processing fee at Tickets can also be purchased beginning at noon on the day of the tour at the library.

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