(Photo by Nancy Nelson)
Cherokee has a rich mixture of many styles of homes. A person can drive down virtually any street in town and find a grand old home with interesting architecture. A cruise on Euclid reveals some large and interesting homes set back away from the street. A short walk up West Cedar or West Cherry shows a mixture of styles all indicative of the early 1900's. Take a walk through any older neighborhood in Cherokee and the rich variety of architecture will reveal itself.
A sub-committee of the Cherokee Sesquicentennial Committee has formed to work on developing the Cherokee Grand Old Homes Registry and Recognition project. The idea is to find the grand old homes built in Cherokee around the early 1900's and feature them in articles at the Chronicle Times.
The project is also designed to add another feature to this year's Sesquicentennial celebration. Owners of homes built in the early 1900's or earlier, which still feature as much of the original exterior as possible, are invited to register their home for the project.
Each month until the Sesquicentennial, the Grand Old Homes Committee, will recognize one home with a specially made yard sign and certificate of recognition. The home will also be featured in a news article at the Chronicle Times.
All owners who submit their home to the committee will be featured in a brochure available to Sesquicentennial celebration visitors. Visitors will be able to take a walking or driving tour of the homes featured in the brochure.
The home owners will not need to open their homes to the public. The idea is to feature the exterior of the homes. Only the addresses and a short paragraph describing features or the historical significance of the home will be included in the brochure. The committee is asking that owners of the homes submit the information themselves so there is no question about permission to feature the home.
When registering the home, the committee asks home owners to include some basic information about the home, such as year built, who built the home, architectural features, style, or any significant history about the home that make it grand or interesting. Keep in mind that the home does not have be large. If it has interesting architecture or history, the Grand Old Homes Committee wants to hear about it.
The idea was brought up by Mark Buschkamp, Cherokee Area Economic Development Director, who reported that something similar is done annually in other communities and is successful at drawing people into the community.
Currently the Grand Old Homes committee consists of Bonnie Lewis from NW Realty and Bonnie Varce of the Framing Nook. Sponsors include the Sesquicentennial Committee, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, and the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation. Mick Samsel, owner of Creative Services created the yard sign.
Home owners interested in being registered with the Grand Old Homes can submit the following form to Bonnie Varce at 113 East Main, Cherokee or to Bonnie Lewis at 228 West Main, Cherokee. For further information contact Varce at 225-5463 or Lewis at 225-6447.