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One of Genva's most notable homes highlights house tour

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  • The Kirtley family home, 1667 Keim Circle, overlooks the rolling hills of a golf course. This decade-old house exudes warmth and hospitality and is professionally decorated.

       The Kirtley family home, 1667 Keim Circle, overlooks the rolling hills of a golf course. This decade-old house exudes warmth and hospitality and is professionally decorated.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

  • The home of John and Lynne Bellano, 611 Forest View Drive, is a spacious three-story, five-bedroom Old European Tuscan-inspired house built in 2006.

       The home of John and Lynne Bellano, 611 Forest View Drive, is a spacious three-story, five-bedroom Old European Tuscan-inspired house built in 2006.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

  • This 80-year-old Tudor at 405 S. First St. is home to the McFadden family. Set in Geneva's historic district, this house maintains its original character but was completely redone last year with the latest energy-efficient systems.

       This 80-year-old Tudor at 405 S. First St. is home to the McFadden family. Set in Geneva's historic district, this house maintains its original character but was completely redone last year with the latest energy-efficient systems.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

  • One of Geneva's most notable houses, 502 S. Fourth St., is one of five featured in this year's Geneva Chamber of Commerce Christmas House Tour. Built in 1864 by Alexander B. Moore, the home of the Rittenhouse family is registered with the Geneva History Center.

       One of Geneva's most notable houses, 502 S. Fourth St., is one of five featured in this year's Geneva Chamber of Commerce Christmas House Tour. Built in 1864 by Alexander B. Moore, the home of the Rittenhouse family is registered with the Geneva History Center.
    Photos By BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

  • The front of the Rittenhouse family home features two parlors, mirroring each other in architectural detail with Italian fireplaces and picture rail moldings.

       The front of the Rittenhouse family home features two parlors, mirroring each other in architectural detail with Italian fireplaces and picture rail moldings.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

  • The family room in the Rittenhouse family home, centered around a stone fireplace and oak shelves, was added in 2004. Imported doors from France conceal a handcrafted armoire.

       The family room in the Rittenhouse family home, centered around a stone fireplace and oak shelves, was added in 2004. Imported doors from France conceal a handcrafted armoire.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

  • The Arnold family home, 844 Sunset Road, is a 75-year-old white brick colonial that blends its original design with modern upgrades.

       The Arnold family home, 844 Sunset Road, is a 75-year-old white brick colonial that blends its original design with modern upgrades.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

 

Looking for holiday decorating ideas? Get inspired at Geneva's annual Christmas House Tour Dec. 7 and 8.

Five distinctive homes decorated for the holidays by area businesses will open their doors to visitors for self-guided tours.

These homes range from an 80-year-old Tudor in Geneva's historic district to a modern-day beauty overlooking the rolling hills of the Eagle Brook Country Club golf course.

One of the true gems of the tour is the Rittenhouse family home at 502 S. Fourth St., which was built in 1864 and wears a plaque presented by the Geneva History Center for its significance in the community. Its striking wraparound veranda adds to the grandeur of this Italianate villa.

A belvedere cupola is perched atop the roof. The house was built by Alexander B. Moore, who designed the cupola with 16 panes of glass to resemble a railroad car; a special place he could watch the trains come into the Geneva station, just one block away.

For the tour, the home's interior holiday decorating and landscape designs will be done by decorator Debra Phillips, owner of Scentimental Gardens on West State Street. Each home on the tour will be decorated courtesy of local businesspeople.

Tour hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. House tour tickets are $30.

A traditional tea at the Congregational Church in Geneva and a keepsake decorating and entertaining ideas booklet are also included in the tour price.

For more information, call the Geneva Chamber of Commerce at (630) 232-6060 or visit www.genevachamber.com/christmaswalk.html.

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