Tourgoers who visited the Cathey House on a parlour tour six years ago may not recognize portions of the home on Washington Street if they go on the Tour of Historic Homes this Saturday, July 28.
The house, along with five others, two churches and three museums will be open to visitors during Albany’s 35th annual tour that runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 116-year-old Georgian Revival built by renowned Oregon architect A.C. Ewart has a new front porch, new wallpaper and a remodeled kitchen, said owner Karen Engel.
She also has acquired more than 500 pieces of carnival glass.
The tour is self-guided and many of the homes and buildings are within walking distance of each other. Those who prefer can take a trolley or a horse-drawn wagon to the sites.
Ticket prices are higher this year. The cost has gone from $10 to $15, but people who belong to the Monteith Historical Society will get the $10 rate and the senior discount is $12. Children under 12 are free with a paid adult. Groups of 10 or more will pay $12 each.
Tickets can be picked up starting at 10 a.m. the day of the tour at Two Rivers Market, 300 Second Ave. S.W.
Proceeds this year will go to the Monteith Historical Society. Highlighting the house will help raise awareness about the home and give the group the extra funds it needs to help keep it up, said Rebecca Bond of the Albany Visitors Association.
“It’s considered the most authentically restored pioneer home in the state, and talk about maintenance costs — just imagine if everyone was required to maintain their home to the authenticity bar it is and on top of that open it up to the public,” she said.
Bond compared prices for the Albany tour with similar tours offered in Portland that cost $50. “They do have some incredible houses but you have to drive yourself around Portland to see them, while we have a quiet neighborhood setting and people can visit the buildings at a leisurely pace,” she said.
On the tour this year are a 1906 Colonial Revival; a 1908 Rural Vernacular; an 1898 Queen Anne Cottage; an 1889 Western Farmhouse with Stick-style elements; a circa 1875 Classic Revival; and a circa 1880 Western Farmhouse that is undergoing restoration.
“By opening their houses, the owners are making a significant commitment and showing a real testament to their community spirit,” Bond said.
The churches on the tour are the United Presbyterian and Whitespires. Refreshments will be served at the Presbyterian Church, which is celebrating its 100th birthday.
The museums on the tour are the Albany Regional Museum, the Monteith House and the Historic Carousel.
Several downtown restaurants will have quilts on display throughout the weekend.
Presenting the tour this year is the Albany Historic Interior Home Tour Committee, and it is sponsored by the Monteith Historical Society.