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Downtown Holiday Tour 2012: In Photos

A combination of history, interior design, architecture, and holiday cheer were the highlights of the Downtown Holiday Tour last Sunday, December 2nd. Homeowners and businesses, including You Made It!, Blue Ridge Architects, the Stratford Companies Inc., and Eugene Stoltzfus Furniture Design, opened their doors to members of the Harrisonburg community to explore their spaces decorated for the holidays. The tour began at the Arts Council of the Valley’s Smith House, where guests picked up their maps and wristbands while enjoying refreshments.

The Arts Council of the Valley's Smith House

The Arts Council of the Valley’s Smith House. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Guests enjoyed refreshments before heading out to explore!

Guests enjoyed refreshments before heading out to explore! Photo by Shannon Essad.

Christmas Carolers greeted guests at the Smith House.

Christmas Carolers greeted guests at the Smith House. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Wine Brothers Building built in the 1920s. Matchbox Realty & Management Services currently manages the historic building with offices for Collins Center & Child Advocacy Center, Linda Hoover with Ameriprise Financial, and You Made It!

The Wine Brothers Building, built in the 1920s. Matchbox Realty & Management Services currently manages this historic building that houses offices for the Collins Center & Child Advocacy Center, Linda Hoover with Ameriprise Financial, and You Made It! Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Houck Tannery Building is home to three creative design firms: Blue Ridge Architects, Eugene Stoltzfus Architects, & The Stratford Companies Inc.

The Houck Tannery Building is home to three creative design firms: Blue Ridge Architects, Eugene Stoltzfus Architects, and The Stratford Companies Inc. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Guests learning more about furniture design from a Eugene Stoltzfus associate.

Guests learned about furniture design from Adam Steiniger of Eugene Stoltzfus Architects. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Intern Maggie enjoying the furniture designed by Eugene Stoltzfus Furniture Design.

HDR Intern Maggie Ford enjoyed the furniture designed by Eugene Stoltzfus Furniture Design. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Stratford Company Inc.

The Stratford Company Inc. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Matthew Robertson educated guests about The Stratford Company's work space. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Matthew Robertson educated guests about The Stratford Company’s work space. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Arrangement by Mary Kaye Slonaker with greens from Ostlund Christmas Tree Farm. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Arrangement by Mary Kaye Slonaker, with greens from Ostlund Christmas Tree Farm, at The Mims House. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The cozy living room of The Mims House.

The cozy living room of The Mims House. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Miller & Troyer House built in 1938. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Miller & Troyer House, built in 1938. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Volunteer Guide, Ben Keller, in the dining room of The Miller & Troyer House.

Volunteer Guide Ben Keller in the dining room of The Miller & Troyer House. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Miller & Troyer House living room decorated for the holidays. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Miller & Troyer House living room decorated for the holidays. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Switzer Home built between 1939 and 1940 by Frank and Mamie Switzer. The Switzer house offers 18 rooms of elegance and history. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Switzer Home, built between 1939 and 1940 by Frank and Mamie Switzer. The Switzer house offers 18 rooms of elegance and history. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Switzer House's impressive Christmas tree. Photo by Shannon Essad.

The Switzer House’s impressive Christmas tree. Photo by Shannon Essad.

Shannon Essad is HDR’s first Social Media Intern for Fall 2012 and a senior Communication major with a concentration in Organizational Communication at James Madison University.

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