Nine homes will be open to the public this Friday and Saturday for the 40th Dilworth Home Tour. As one of the six designated historic districts in Charlotte, Dilworth holds it’s own very special charm and is considered by some to be the first Charlotte suburb. Development of the area began in 1891 by businessman Edward Dilworth Latta, also responsible for Latta Park. He introduced the electric street car to the area, making it attractive to those who wanted to live outside center city but still have a quick and easy way to get back.
Some of the homes on this year’s tour are not original Dilworth homes, but are tear-downs that have been rebuilt with the neighborhood’s historic aesthetics. Others, however, are original Dilworth homes that have been brought back to life after years of neglect. It took hundreds of volunteers to stage these homes and, of course, the cooperation of the gracious homeowners willing to let ticket holders stroll through. The funds raised during the tour go toward some of the Dilworth Community Development Association’s (DCDA) projects and events. Dilworth Cares also receives a cut of the proceeds each year to give toward an area charity with ties to the neighborhood.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or in person at Paper Skyscraper, BLACKLION, Park Road Books, Dilworth Rug, or T. Reid & Company. To kickoff the tour, ticket holders can attend a wine tasting at the Wine Shop on Park Road this Friday at 5 before the tour starts at 6pm and continues until 9pm. Saturday’s tour will be from 10am until 4pm.