Mount Baker Home Tour and Arts & Crafts Fair
December 5th, 2015
The Mount Baker Home Tour and accompanying Art & Craft Fair is one of our most popular and long-running programs. The owners of some of Mount Baker's most beautiful and historic homes will generously open their doors, and allow the community to view the homes, their breathtaking period details, and elegant grounds.
We'll also be hosting an Art & Craft Fair at the Clubhouse so you can get some of your holiday shopping done while you enjoy complimentary tea, coffee & cookies.
This year's Tour will feature:
- An original Charles Dose home, painstakingly restored to highlight architectural details.
- Modern, eco-cottages featuring numerous green building techniques, decorated in a clean, modern fashion with stunning original artwork.
- A gorgeous home built in the 1970's featuring a stunning view of Lake Washington.
- And several other stunning Mount Baker homes!
CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.
*Tickets are also available for sale at the Clubhouse office on the following dates & times:
Sat, Nov 14: 9am-5pm
Sun, Nov 15: 10am-12pm
Sat, Nov 28: 1pm-3pm
Sun, Nov 29: 10am-1pm
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Also sponsored by:
GBK Realtor Fionnuala O'Sullivan
Attorney Talis Abolins of Advocates Law Group
Windermere Real Estate Mount Baker
Love the Mount Baker Home Tour?!! WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We cannot run this event without the generous help of our wonderful community. Please consider donating your time to help put on this event.
Volunteer jobs include: being a docent in one of the homes, helping at the Clubhouse the day of the Tour, setup & decorating prior to the event, etc.
Volunteering is a great way to see and meet neighbors, new & old. It's a wonderful way to support your community. AND, volunteers are invited to a private party following the Home Tour.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on the Home Tour?
Your first stop is the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse (2811 Mount Rainier Dr. S.). You will check in here and receive a map of all the homes presented on the Tour. You'll need to show your map at each home to gain entry.
At each home docents will be on hand to guide you through the home, answer questions, and make sure the Home Tour experience is pleasant for everyone.
We respectfully ask that there be no food, drink, photography, or cell phone use inside the homes. We will also ask you to remove your shoes before entering to minimize the impact of foot traffic. Restrooms are available for use in the Clubhouse.
How do I buy a ticket?
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $30 through brownpapertickets.com or at the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse office (office times are listed above.) Day-of tickets will be sold for $35 at the Clubhouse (2811 Mt Rainier Dr. S) the starting point of the Tour. Discount tickets are available for seniors age 65+.
You will need to check in at the Mount Baker Community Club on the morning of the Home Tour. You will be given a map of the homes upon check-in. You will need to present your map in order to gain entry into each of the homes.
Check-in will begin at 10am on the morning of Dec. 5th. Please print your ticket for faster check-in. Check-in closes at 3:30pm. The Tour ends at 4pm.
Do I need a separate ticket to the Arts & Crafts Fair?
No. The Art & Craft Fair, held at the Clubhouse, is open to the public. Please join us! The Art & Craft Fair will be open from 10am-4pm.
When does the Tour start?
Homes open and shuttle service begins at 10 am from the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse, with the last shuttle departing at 3:00 pm. Shuttle service will leave the Clubhouse approximately every 20 minutes and follow a pre-ordered route. Hop on at your convenience! You may elect to skip certain destinations if you like, continuing with the driver to the next stop but the route will not change.
Can I walk or drive myself instead?
Feel free to walk between destinations, especially if it’s sunny! The homes located north of McClellan, in particular, are all fairly walkable. You are also welcome to drive your own car, but we request that you take care to not block driveways or encroach on parking strips.
Can I take breaks during the Tour?
Yes. If you’d like to visit a few homes in the morning, go have lunch, then return to finish up, you may. All you need to do is present your map to re-join the Tour at any one of its destinations.
How many homes are on the Tour?
This year we have six private homes on the Tour. Because shuttles come and go about every 20 minutes, you may spend as much time as you like at any one stop.
Is the Tour wheel chair accessible?
The main floor of most homes on the Tour are wheelchair accessible, as is the Arts & Crafts Fair. Please contact Erin Bruce at (206) 722- 7209 in advance to see how we might accommodate mobility concerns.
Can I bring my service dog with me on the Tour?
Unfortunately, because you are visiting private homes we can not allow any dogs, even service dogs, to enter the homes at all. If you are sight-impaired, please talk to the docent that greets you at the door and a docent will provided to guide you through the home.
What if it rains?
The Home Tour is a rain or shine event, so dress for the elements!
But wait – I have more questions!
And we have more answers. Email Erin Bruce at email@example.com or call us at (206) 722-7209.
An elegant old place reflects a life and love of travel
By Rebecca Teagarden, featured in The Seattle Times
“THE FIRST thing you’ll want to know is that this is a full-length Batchelder,” says Marie Peters, her hand resting on the fireplace surround in the living room of her Mount Baker home.
It is made of lovely handcrafted tiles from floor to ceiling, without interruption from even a mantel. The clay pieces have been molded around corners, not cut. “I’m told there are only three of these.
“There’s a lot of Batchelder in the neighborhood,” she says, “but lots of people call this the tile house.”
No. Wonder. Peters’ stately brick home is an extravaganza of Batchelder tile, Batchelder being Ernest Batchelder, a leading designer of the American Arts & Crafts Movement whose work is coveted by enthusiasts of the genre. At Peters’ home (which if you go on this year’s Mount Baker home tour you will be lucky enough to see for yourself) it is everywhere: on the floors, along the steps, in the fountain, and the walls, all over the bathrooms. Even as trim across the chimney at the very top of the house. Each room is unique and in all of Batchelder’s most popular motifs: Mayan designs, birds, foliage, geometric abstracts.
It’s a swell house for sure, from the front stoop to the decorated chimney. Old (1923) and grand (five bedrooms/baths with rooms big and fat, heavy oak moldings and built-ins). But there’s not one square inch of it (don’t ask, Peters has no idea) that’s precious or off-limits.
“I like the old-English-country-house look,” she says. “Nothing’s perfect so that grandchildren can come in in swimsuits, and Taz (her trusty rescue pup) can bring in mud and I’m not going to panic.”