St. Anthony Park Home Tour touts local craftsmen, green technology


This year’s St. Anthony Park Home Tour on Saturday, Oct. 6, continues the tradition of celebrating the diverse housing that adds so much to the neighborhood’s ambiance.

The nine homes on the biennial tour were selected by an informal process, largely word-of-mouth, and a lot depends on an owner’s willingness to participate, according to neighborhood resident Rose Gregoire, event coordinator.

“There’s a lot of work that goes into preparing for the tour and not everybody is comfortable with strangers passing through their homes,” Gregoire said.

“This year, I was particularly interested in featuring homes that incorporated green technologies, and we always want to feature the work of local craftsmen.”

Although many of the neighborhood’s homes are older, their owners continue to find ways to make them livable by today’s standards, she said. “The tour is a great way to look over a lot of possibilities and get ideas for one’s own home.”

The proceeds from the tour support the work of the St. Anthony Park Community Council, but the council’s executive director said the event is important for other reasons, as well.

“The tour probably is not the most efficient way to raise money, if you factor in all the time and energy people put into making it a success,” said Amy Sparks, referring to the dozens of volunteers who participate. “We call it a fun raiser, rather than fundraiser, because it’s such a great way for people to connect and make new friends. It’s definitely a community builder.”

The tour is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 6. Advance tickets are available online for $15 each at, as well as at Micawber’s Books, 2238 Carter Ave., The Bibelot Shop, 2276 Como Ave., and the St. Paul Classic Cookie Company, 2386 Territorial Road. Or you can buy them here.

Tickets will be on sale on the day of the tour for $20 each at Park Midway Bank, 2300 Como Ave.