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December 12, 2012

Kenwood Christmas Home Tour Saturday

ENID, Okla. — Three homes in Enid’s first neighborhood are decked out for the holidays and ready to throw open the doors to visitors.

The annual Kenwood Historic Neighborhood Christmas Home Tour will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday.

Open for this year’s tour will be 406 W. Pine, owned by Diedra and Eric Williamson; 424 W. Pine, owned by Linda and Andrew Kraft; and 516 W. Oak, owned by Alissa and Cody Lack.

The historic neighborhood is bounded on the north by Walnut, on the west by Madison, on the south by Maple and on the east by Washington. Homes in the district date back to 1901.

Alissa Lack said this is the first year her home, built in 1905, has been part of the historic tour. The Lacks have owned it two and a half years, she said.

Much of the home is original, and the furnishings are contemporary, she said.

The Kraft home at one time was several efficiency apartments, and since has been converted to a single-family residence, said Becky Cummings, coordinator of the Christmas home tour.

Linda Kraft said she and Andrew purchased the 1906 home two years ago. This is the first time the Krafts have opened their home for the tour. Only the first floor of the three-story home will be available for viewing.

“We have several antique pieces, including a player piano,” Linda Kraft said.

The Williamsons bought their home in 2001, Diedra Williamson said. They opened the home for the Christmas tour in 2010 as well.

“The furnishings are mostly contemporary, although there are a few antiques,” Diedra Williamson said.

The Williamsons have done most of the restoration work with their own hands, she said, and photos of the home as the restoration has progressed will be available for viewing.

The house originally was a two-family home, with each family having one floor.

Tickets for the tour are $5 each and are available through Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. Tickets also can be purchased at each home on the tour.

Cummings said profits from the tour are used to fund the Kenwood Historic District website, kenwood, and other district projects.

Junior Welfare League’s “Stir Ups” cookbooks will be available for purchase on the tour.

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