Two former Symphony Showhouses – at 205 N. Roosevelt and at 32 Norfolk in Eastborough – will be among four houses decorated for Christmas and open for tours Dec. 15 to benefit Project Beauty.
For a suggested $15 donation that is tax-deductible, you can see Ken and Tena Stoppel’s house on Roosevelt, Bill and Alta DeVore’s house at 32 Norfolk in Eastborough, and two west-side houses: John and Linda Courtney’s at 932 N. Toh-N-Hah Trail, and Ron and Marcia Weddle’s at 8001 W. Meadow Pass Court.
Tickets can be purchased at the door at any of the houses the day of the tour. For advance purchase and more information, call 316-684-8312.
The DeVore house is in Eastborough on the west side of Woodlawn – Norfolk branches off at Wichita’s Second Street. Bill DeVore loves Christmas, his wife says, so the entire house is decorated for it. The first floor will be open during the tour.
The Eastborough house was a Symphony Showhouse back in 1998. The Stoppels’ house, with its colonnades, portico and green tile Spanish roof, had the distinction in 2003.
The DeVores’ entry features Christmas gnomes made by a late friend of the DeVores’, and the indoor decorations include a White House Christmas tree: Bill DeVore has collected the ornaments issued by the White House Historical Association since 1981.
Project Beauty is a non-profit group that encourages beauty in Wichita and in Kansas. It’s on Facebook at Project Beauty, Inc.