Submitted by Carol Gomrick

I’m pleased to share that we have secured the homes for the 2017 Wine and Garden Tour.

Holmes Hall (Tour Start) – 719 Brighton Road
Emmanuel Church – 957 W North Avenue
Elaine Stone and Mitchell Schwartz – 831 W North Avenue
Robert Johnson – 812 Beech Avenue
Diane and Tony Caruso (Thaw Mansion) – 930 N Lincoln Avenue
George and Mariana Whitmer – 838 N Lincoln Avenue
Q Development (Willock House) – 705 Brighton Road

This tour will be incredibly special this year due to a few historical connections between the properties. The Whitmer home and Emmanuel Episcopal Church were both designed by famed architect H. H. Richardson. Richardson is the architect who designed the Allegheny County Courthouse downtown and other famous properties throughout the US. Another connection is between Emmanuel Church and Thaw mansion. The altar was acquired in Europe by a relative of William Thaw who built Thaw mansion on N Lincoln. It is also rumored that the angels depicted in the altar are in the likeness of Evelyn Nesbit who was married to William’s notorious son, Henry Thaw.

We have received a few requests for volunteers to help property owners. Please email Carol Gomrick if you are interested in volunteer opportunities.

Our theme is a tour through Spain with several Spanish varietals and of course sangria. The food committee has been hard at work testing and pairing tapas. We have great selections for our guests. More to come!