Uptown Charlottes historic Fourth Ward neighborhood is evolving.
Skyscrapers and more luxury condos and apartments are settling in as neighbors to the colorful Victorian homes, for which the neighborhood is perhaps best known.
See the old and the new decked out for the holidays Nov. 30-Dec. 2, along with other properties, during the 35th anniversary Friends of Fourth Ward Holiday Home tour.
At least 1,200 people are expected for the 10-stop tour, presented by the nonprofit Friends of Fourth Ward neighborhood association. The event supports neighborhood projects such as beautification and preservation of historic landmarks.
Choirs and hand-bell ensembles will bring seasonal music to the neighborhoods front porches. Horse-drawn carriages will add to the festivities with rides for ticket holders. Tour-goers also will receive food or beverage samples at some of the stops. The 7th Street Public Market will have holiday specials.
Here are the stops on this years tour:
1. North Carolina Dance Theatre, 701 N. Tryon. The building will be open 5-7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. The Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance is home to this professional dance company. Get a sneak peak at rehearsals for Nutcracker.
2. Merritt residence, 312 W. Ninth. Built with western Carolina oak and walnut by railroader Jonah Edwin Curlee, the home was essentially a flop house when Sylvia and Cullie Tarleton bought it in 1976 and began restoring it. Stained glass windows in and above the front door are original. The terracotta kitchen floors from France are more than 200 years old; the antique backsplash tile came from Belgium, circa 1856-1890.
3. Kennard residence, 402 W. Eighth: Constructed in the mid-1920s and rehabbed in 1976, it was converted from four two-bedroom apartments into two two-story homes. The outside resembles a Charleston single house. It has a small, courtyard-size front yard, sidewalk gardens and a fountain in the rear.
4. Greene residence, 318 W. Eighth. This 1970s home was a latecomer. It has a Charleston-style side entrance and south-facing solarium. The 70-foot deep backyard features a barn, flower garden and goldfish pond.
5. Turner residence, 523 N. Poplar. This Victorian home, built between 1867 and 1869, is a local historic property and one of the few in Fourth Ward thats original to its lot. The interior is an example of Queen Anne-style architecture.
6. Hildebrand residence, 300 W. Fifth. The two-bedroom modern condo in the Fifth & Poplar Condominiums has a newly renovated kitchen, natural grass cloth on the walls and lighting that provides an urban feel.
7. Miller residence, 333 W. Trade. This Trademark double condo includes an art studio, a large work space and a third bedroom/guest suite. The artwork includes a piece that hides the television and an operating Trolley diorama.
8. Jones residence, 333 W. Trade. Also a Trademark condo residence, this one combines two units, with balconies that face both north and west. Interior design is European contemporary leaning toward minimalist. The art collection includes reproductions of works by renowned artist Romare Bearden and works by other artists.
9. Dunhill Hotel, 237 N. Tryon. This National Trust site originally opened as the Mayfair Manor on Nov. 15, 1929, a bright spot following the stock market crash of a month earlier. The historic building currently is occupied by the Dunhill as well as the field-to-fork restaurant, Harvest Moon Grille.
10. The McNinch house, 511 N. Church. Open Sunday only. The Liddell-McNinch House has been called one of the finest representations of the Queen Anne/Shingle Victorian style in North Carolina. President William Howard Taft visited it in 1909.