The third annual St. George Island Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 and will once again offer visitors a view of island lifestyles by opening seven unique island residences to the public.
Hours of the tour are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Lighthouse Gift Shop at the center of St. George Island to purchase tickets, or call 927-7745 to order tickets. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the Tour.
The Tour homes provide a dynamic representation of the architecture, décor, landscape, and vistas on the island, from the gated St. George Plantation community on the West, to the sandy expanses of the East End.
The first of three Plantation homes is “Atlas Shrugged,” a gulf front home designed by architect L. Ben Dooley and built by William Solburg. The home’s Spanish style includes a red-tiled roof, tabby exterior, massive mahogany doors, and travertine stairs.
Situated beside reedy canals, the second Plantation home, “Pelican Point,” offers spectacular views of the bay and bridge from its wraparound screened porch. The third home, which sits across from the Plantation Clubhouse, is the recently completed Meagh-Jones House with environmentally conscious rebar-reinforced insulated concrete form walls, and living and sleeping wings connected by two breezeways. The Plantation Clubhouse is also on the Tour, and will be showcasing the paintings of Apalachicola artist Susan Richardson in an exhibit opening on Tour weekend.
In Gulf Beaches, the first-platted area of the island, “Beach Baby and Grand Baby” is a concrete home built in 1956 and expanded and updated with stained glass, antiques, and vibrant regional art. The hidden backyard is a creative delight of topiary, roses, and herbs. “Grand Baby” is a former garage converted into a charming apartment.
Two waterfront homes in Gulf Beaches are imaginative and transformative renovations of traditional St. George beach houses. “A New Phoenix” at one time suffered extensive hurricane damage and has been resurrected as a colorful family gathering place. It is recognizable by the distinctive semicircular glass entrance intercut with square window sashes.
Just a few doors down is “Webb Feet,” a former one-story three bedroom/two bath home recently updated by builder Joel Ulrich. The renovation features a Brazilian ipe deck and an interior characterized by pops of color in the artwork and eclectic décor.
Moving east, the Tour participant comes to “Ultimate Dream,” a recently completed home built by Gary Ulrich Construction Inc. with dramatic spaces and an ocean-organic color scheme of turquoise, aqua, and lime green. A blend of sleek modern and comfy rustic interior design characterizes this ultimate beach house.
Tour tickets are available at the Lighthouse Gift Shop on St. George Island. To order tickets, call the Gift Shop at 927-7745. Tickets will be available on Tour Day at Lighthouse Park and at the St. George Plantation Clubhouse.
Tour weekend will begin with a Friday evening Kick-Off event at the Jay Abbott Firehouse from 6 to 8 p.m. A highlight of the evening will be a presentation on the early development of St. George Island by James L. Hargrove, author of “The Oyster King.”
Hargrove, author and retired University of Georgia professor, will share his fictionalized story of William Lee Popham, the first man to attempt the development of St. George Island in the 1920’s.
The St. George Island Tour of Homes is sponsored by the St. George Lighthouse Association, a non-profit Florida corporation that preserves, maintains and promotes the Cape St. George Lighthouse. The Lighthouse was restored in 2008 after collapsing in 2005. SGLA also built a replica of the Lighthouse Keeper’s House which is now a museum and gift shop. Proceeds from the Tour of Homes support the on-going maintenance of the Lighthouse, the Keeper’s House and Lighthouse Park.
For more information, please www.sgitourofhomes.com.