Basehor plans tour of several homes
For the first time since the early 1990s, prominent Basehor residences will be on display during a "Warming the Heart" holiday homes tour next weekend.
"Other areas do it and people seem to like it," said Carla Crawford, homes tour coordinator.
Proceeds from the tour, which is sponsored by the Basehor Historical Society, will go toward funding construction of a history museum and conference center.
The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets, which cost $7 if purchased before Saturday and $8 the day of the tour, are available at First State Bank and Trust, Community National Bank, and Citizens Savings and Loan, all in Basehor.
The homes of six Basehor residents will be on display, and the tour will include model homes in Falcon Lakes subdivision, which has entrances on Hollingsworth Road and on 147th Street, and Prairie Gardens subdivision, north of U.S. Highway 24-40 on 158th Street.
Approximately $1.9 million stands between the Basehor Historical Society and construction of a museum and conference center. So far, 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, along with architectural services valued at $53,000. 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)."
Historical society members hope construction will start next spring or summer, Crawford said.
"We were hoping for October, but plans just didn't fall into place," she said.
For additional information about the Basehor homes tour, contact Crawford at (913) 724-2830 or Lela Wiley at (913) 724-2597.