The Brainerd Tour of Homes to benefit the Heartland Symphony Orchestra will include tours of the following homes, as well as brunch and an art show.
* Dondee and Michael Murray Ceriello's north Brainerd home was built in 1939 by O.W. Spencer, who owned Standard Lumber.
Herb Strawbridge, the president of Auto Import Inc., and his wife, Lila, bought the home in 1947.
Strawbridge sold it to attorney Robert Alderman and his wife, Betty. The Aldermans did extensive remodeling.
A bigger kitchen, tuck-under garage and a family room were a few of the changes. The Ceriellos have continued the transformation process, restoring the original stairway railing and remodeling the basement, kitchen, bathroom and family room.
* Linda Wallin's north Brainerd home was built in 1882 by Andrew Halsted, a Brainerd mayor. Four generations of the family lived in the home. It has the original fireplaces, flooring, stained-glass window, pantry and woodwork.
The attic has a maid's room. The original horse hitching post is still on the front lawn. In 1920, the upstairs was made into two apartments, but during the 2001 restoration the house was restored to a single-family dwelling.
* Tom and Bonnie Dick's spacious Scenic River Drive home was designed by Hal and Kelli Leland.
The two-story home was built in 1994. White oak floors and cabinetry, as well as oak window treatments, were added by Darrin and Lori Lacorsiarr in 1997.
Bonnie and Tom Dick bought the home in 1998 and have added more character and warmth to all of the rooms. Each room has charm and personality. Antiques are throughout the house. Three brass beds, a large oak pedestal library table and antique mirrors are combined with modern furniture.
* Lynn Franz's Pine View Drive home was designed on a sheet of graph paper in 1978 by Jan Moran.
In 1985, the family room was added to the five-bedroom home. A variety of wildlife in the expansive backyard woods is visible from the living room window.
In 2001, Franz bought the home and has added many unique designs of her own creation. She decorated every room and finished the basement, making part of it into her workshop.
She will have various items for sale at the brunch with 10 percent of proceeds going to the Heartland Symphony.
* Brunch will be served at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on Juniper Street in north Brainerd.
A tour of the newly remodeled church will be available. Renovations this past year included restoring the pipe organ, adding an elevator and remodeling the kitchen and upstairs rooms.
An Ivy Street entrance was added. Cori Wrobel will play organ music from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
* An art show will be included with the tour at the Crossing Fine Arts Center on Laurel Street in Brainerd.
The art show is put on by the Brainerd Area Art Club. Works by Chris Smieja, Caroll DuBeau, Joe Blaha, Gwen Landis, Diane Runberg and many others are available for viewing and sale. Evelyn Matthies, Crossing Arts Alliance president and Central Lakes College art instructor, will be available for guided tours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Crossing Fine Arts Center may be visited at the suggested time on the tickets or any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 7.
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