Basehor warms to homes tour
For the first time since the early 1990s, prominent Basehor residences will be on display during a "Warming the Heart" holiday homes tour this month.
"Other areas do it and people seem to like it," homes tour coordinator Carla Crawford said.
The tour is sponsored through the Basehor Historical Society, and proceeds from the event will go toward funding the construction of a new museum and conference center.
"(The tour) will be a benefit for the building fund," Crawford said.
The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
Tickets are $7 if purchased before Dec. 14, and $8 the day of the tour. Tickets are available at First State Bank and Trust, Community National Bank, and Citizens Savings and Loan in Basehor.
The homes of six Basehor residents will be on display, and the tour will also include model homes from the Falcon Lakes development and the Prairie Gardens development, Kansas Highway 24/40 and 158th Street.
Approximately $1.9 million stands between the Basehor Historical Society and the construction of the museum and conference center.
In the year since the idea was proposed, the Historical Society has raised $1.3 million for the $3 million project.
The Historical Society received a large donation of land from Ray and Anne Breuer, valued at $800,000, and architectural services valued at $53,000.
And Historical Society members are awaiting final approval of a $120,000 grant they applied for through the Kansas Department of Tourism.
"We haven't gotten word yet from the Tourism department," Crawford said. "But we're close to a deal with a fund-raising firm (Partners in Philanthropy of Lawrence)."
Once funding is secured, construction could start in the spring or early summer, Crawford said.
"We were hoping for October, but plans just didn't fall into place," she said.
For now, Historical Society members are focusing on the homes tour. If this tour goes well, another could be scheduled, Crawford said.
"A lot of people have said if there is one in the spring, they would do it," she said.
For more information on the homes tour, contact Crawford at (913) 724-2830 or Lela Wiley at (913) 724-2597.