The Annual Sunset Heights Tour of Homes is back! The tour is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Funds raised by the event go to the Sunset Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association used to assist neighborhood residents with their properties, provide neighborhood activities, and maintain the historical integrity of the neighborhood.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Featured homes and locations on the Tour of Homes:
There are seven locations on this year’s tour of homes. Five are located in the Sunset Heights neighborhood.
Sunset Heights is one of the first planned neighborhoods in the state; some of the homes on this year’s tour date back to the early 1900’s and may not be handicap accessible.
The Burges House, 603 W. Yandell Dr.
The Burges House, current headquarters of the El Paso County Historical Society, was built in 1912 for Richard F. Burges.
The home is an American Foursquare and was built by J.E. Morgan. Additions to the home were designed by Mr. Otto Thoman and done in 1927.
Mr. Burges was a local attorney and prominent civic leader who drafted El Paso’s first city charter, lobbied for the construction of Elephant Butte Dam, was part of an expedition that led to the establishment of Carlsbad Caverns as a National Monument, and served in World War I, attaining the rank of Major. He lived in the home until his death in 1945. His daughter, Jane Burges Perrenot, lived in the home until 1986. It was then bequeathed by Mrs. Perrenot to the El Paso County Historical Society.
- Address: 603 W. Yandell Dr.
Trost, McGregor Home, 1013 W. Yandell Dr.
The house at 1013 W. Yandell Dr. was designed and built by Henry Trost for his primary residence. It was begun in 1908 and finished in 1909.
Mr. Trost occupied the residence with his sister Matilda and two other brothers. Henry Trost died in 1933 on the front porch.
The remaining Trost’s lived there until 1948, at which time the Grossbecks bought it.
The Grossbecks subsequently sold it to Malcom and Bobba McGregor who moved into it in the summer of 1958. The home is still occupied by a member of the McGregor family.
- 1013 W. Yandell Dr.
Hal Marcus Gallery
This blue house on Oregon Street between River and California was probably built in the mid-1950s.
It was built as a single family home. It has beautiful oak floors and the interior is painted in bright fun colors.
This is a great opportunity to experience the fun inviting gallery with a neighborhood feel. – Information courtesy of Hal Marcus
- Address: 1308 N. Oregon St.
- PopUp Art Market: From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on day of tour.
Other homes on the Tour of Homes:
- Estrada House, 305 W. Rio Grande
- Powell Home, 655 Upson Dr.
- The Wallace Apartments, 1201 Randolph Dr. and 1210 Randolph
Where to get your tickets:
Tickets may be purchased ahead of time or the day of the tour at the Hal Marcus Gallery or at the El Paso County Historical Society.
- Adults: $10
- Kids 10 and under: $5
Pre-Purchase tickets for the tour
- The Hal Marcus Gallery
- Address: 1308 N. Oregon
- Pre-purchase tickets or for questions call or text: (915) 533-9090
- Tickets may also be purchased online at Savagegoods.Square.Site.
Purchase tickets on the day of the tour:
- El Paso County Historical Society
- Address: Burges House – 603 W. Yandell
- Contact information: (915) 533-3603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.