Bisbee tour to feature historic and quirky homes

Event Friday, Saturday includes chair auction
2011-11-20T00:00:00Z Bisbee tour to feature historic and quirky homesPatty Machelor Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 20, 2011 12:00 am  • 

One home has aircraft hangers attached while another sits high above Bisbee offering sweeping views of the Mule Mountains, Mexico and Bisbee.

A few others look like oversized dollhouses.

"We have 13 places for people to go, which is more than we've ever had," said Marilyn Seibold, chairwoman of this year's annual Bisbee home tour.

Among the highlights are three trailer homes that have been converted into "little dollhouse-like homes." She said some of the homes were featured in the national magazine American Bungalow.

Seibold's home is part of the tour and includes an attached aircraft housing two canard aircraft.

"Our home isn't historic by any means, but they (show organizers) thought it would add a little different interest," she said.

In addition to the home tour, there's the annual "Chairs of Bisbee" auction featuring chairs that have been painted and decorated by local artists. Make bids Friday and Saturday until 4 p.m. Saturday.

Seibold said half of the chair auction proceeds will go to the artist and half will go to the Bisbee Women's Club's scholarship fund.

Most of the tour homes were built between 1909 and 1915, and are bungalows of various sizes and styles.

Docents will be at each home to answer questions.

If you go

The 29th Annual Historic Home Tour - Classic & Quirky, and the 10th Annual "Chairs of Bisbee" Art Chair Auction.

• When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: Bisbee, 90 miles south of Tucson. The Chairs of Bisbee auction will be held at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 501 Arizona St.

• More information: Admission to the chair auction is free. Tickets for the home tour are $12 in advance for adults and $3 for children, ages 2 to 12. Tickets purchased after Wednesday will be $15 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are valid for both days.

To reserve tickets, call the Bisbee Visitors Center at 1-520-432-3554 or toll free at 1-866-224-7233.

On the days of the events, tickets and maps of the tour will be available at Warren Plaza next to Rosa's Little Italy, 7 Bisbee Road, which is across from the Copper Queen Community Hospital, 101 Cole Ave.

Contact reporter Patty Machelor at 806-7754 or pmachelor@azstarnet.com

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