GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Heritage Hills Neighborhood Weekend Tour of Homes kicks off Saturday, May 19 and runs through Sunday, May 20. 

During the tour, people will see eight private homes and two public buildings. The tour is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, it’s from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 the weekend of the tour and can be bought at Grand Rapids Community College’s DeVos Campus, located at 435 East Fulton Street. Advance tickets are $18 and can be bought at the following locations: Family Fare and D&W Food stores, Lake Michigan Credit Unions, Martha’s Vineyard, Art of the Table, the Heritage Hill Association and online.

The Heritage Hill Historic District was slated for demolition in 1968. The neighborhood is made up of 1,300 historic homes and remains intact because of local activists. 

24 Hour News 8 spoke with a family whose home will be in the 2018 Weekend Tour of Homes. This is the first year the Lanning family will be taking part in the tour.  

The home on Madison Avenue was built in 1903 and used to be the Child Guidance Clinic. The Lanning home has been renovated, but parts of the home remain, including pieces of the woodwork.

“It’s a fantastic way to show that living in a historic home is a wonderful opportunity to preserve a great home but it’s also something that you can really create and make your own,” said Tracy Lanning, a Heritage Hill homeowner. “A lot of people think it’s like a museum. It’s not the case at all. You have this great architecture and great character but you can really build on it and design it to make it your own.” 

For more information on the Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes, call the Heritage Hill Association at 616.459.8950.