Victor House Tour show residents' ingenuity

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In a city that pulses with stories of the past and people dedicated to preserving its vibrant character, the Victor Historic House and Building Tour July 20 is a reflection of both.

A fundraiser for the Victor Heritage Society, the tour pays tribute to turn-of-the-century architecture while revealing titillating tidbits about days of yore. “People are interested in seeing the inside of houses,” said Marilyn Fay, who with Doug McNeil and Judy Sandlin, heads up the committee for the tour.

The homes harbor secrets from the past, particularly the one built in 1900 by the Woods brothers, founders of the city. “The rumor is that the Woods brothers didn't like each other,” Fay said. “So the right side of the house mirrors the left side and in each of the living rooms there's a fireplace.”

With the largest front porch in Victor, the home has an expansive view of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range.

While the historical character of Victor is an attraction for new residents, so, too, is the view.

In a melding of the past and the present, the homes have all been remodeled to a level of historical elegance. “These are sleepers,” Fay said. “People have no idea these houses have these amenities.”

All have a stunning view of mountains and valleys, perhaps another secret treasure known only to the residents and the curious.

In addition to four homes, the tour includes the first level of the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum.

For a town that pays tribute to Victorian architecture as well as the economic thrust of gold mining, the tour is a stroll through another age.

The tour is from 10:30 a.m.to 3 p.m. July 20. Advance tickets are $5 per person through Friday and $10 on the 20th. Tickets and maps are available at the Victor Hotel, Marigold Mercantile, Junk Posse Antique Shop and Nana's Attic.

Ticket sales help fund the society's projects which include paying for upgrades to historical buildings.