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East Troy homes glow in Holiday House Walk

--- Fundraiser set for Dec. 1

(Published Nov. 19, 2007, 2:24 p.m.)

?The Smith-Hibbert house at 2068 Division St., East Troy, today looks much as it did when it was built in the 1880s. The home is part of the Holiday Home Tour in East Troy Dec. 1.

St. James United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a holiday house walk on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This year's walk will feature seven homes. They range from the beautiful rustic, prairie ranch home of Lisa and Tim Ciriacks to a two-story home of Linda and Robert Koch designed to maximize features found in a coastal beach house while establishing the beauty of northern lake living. Two homes built in the 1880s are also featured. The Smith-Hibbert house and the Zess' Victorian home are just a block off East Troy's historic square.

1) The home of Cindy and Roy Hubler was inspired by both cottages and manors of the French countryside. The home features a main entrance with clear glass doors and two large decks overlooking the lake. The main floor features cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors throughout.

2) Constructed in 2002, the Telindert home has an open plan that offers numerous views to the outside and the home's beautiful landscaping. Arched doorways, wood floors and high ceilings prevail. The sitting alcove off the family room features custom murals as does the inviting lower level which includes extensive built-in cabinetry.

3) Also on the tour is the home of Tim and Lisa Ciriacks. This rustic ranch home has an exterior of cedar and fieldstone with a large front porch. The home, water and outdoor pool are heated by an exterior wood-burning stove.

4) Linda and Robert Koch designed their home to maximize the beauty of their Potters Lake double lot. A ravine extends along the side of the house with rushing water adding to the ambience of the property. The home's interior offers an open concept that features many windows of difference sizes and shapes. A gourmet kitchen, family room with marble fireplace and a master suite are on the first floor.

5) The 1880s Victorian home of Ann and Tedd Zess has been restored to maintain the original architectural expression. The first level contains the former men's smoking parlor, dining room, sun room, bath, kitchen and a butler's kitchen. Look for the pocket doors between the rooms on the main level. There is a "hidden" room in the basement as well as a play area for the Zess children in the finished attic.

6) The original portion of the Smith-Hibbert house was built in 1855 by Sewall Smith. The original portion of the house is very much the same today. The house is Victorian in style and beautiful moldings and ceilings can still be seen in the many rooms in the home. The house has served as a residence, a tea room, a funeral parlor, the East Troy Public Library, a lawyer's office and, most recently, a realty business. In the future, it is hoped that the house will become the permanent site of the East Troy Area Historical Society Museum and Heritage Center.

7) The Wesley House, a community outreach facility owned by St. James United Methodist House, is the final house on the tour. It is a craftsman house which features beautiful woodwork and moldings throughout the home. The home is available to non-profit groups for their meetings and offices. This home will offer Christmas cookies and Christmas cards for sale. St James' recipe book will also be for sale.

Proceeds from the walk will benefit St. James United Methodist Church and its mission work.  A map containing directions to each location will be given to each ticket purchaser and signs will mark each home site.

Tickets for the Holiday House Walk will be available at the East Troy Chamber office, St. James UMC, Ivan's on the Square, Citizens Bank of Mukwonago and Mielke's Sentry Store and from members of St. James United Methodist Church. Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 at the homes the day of the walk. Call St. James United Methodist Church, (262) 642-7642, for information.

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What: St. James United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a holiday house walk

Where: Tickets for the Holiday House Walk will be available at the East Troy Chamber office,

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Info: Call St. James United Methodist Church, (262) 642-7642, for information.

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