Marvelous Victorians: 

The Huning Highlands Historic Home Tour

The historic Huning Highlands has been living it up beautifully on both sides of the Route 66 Mother Road for well over a century now...Sitting on the eastern edge of Downtown, a walk along any of the residential streets in the roughly eight-by-eight block neighborhood will whisk you back in time, architecturally...

The 1880's-1910 era Victorian-style homes were the 1st built there & they are outstanding, with their intricate & "dominant" street-facing gables, prominent wraparound front porches, & a "monumental chimney" or two.

As Southwest architecture evolved into the early 1900's, these grande-style homes shared the area with "more modest period revival cottage styles," & ultimately SW Vernacular-style, according to the "New Town Neighborhoods" historic neighborhood guide. From the guide: "It is not a neighborhood of large mansions, but one of a variety of substantial houses & modest cottages. The overall scale of the community has a unity without monotonous repetition..."

I was fortunate to attend the Huning Highlands Historic Mother's Day Home Tour this year. It began at the HB & Lucille Horn Preservation (Gas) Station on Coal Ave, just west of I-25 coming from Downtown, top image. Below are a bunch of homes on the tour & other architecturally interesting neighborhood buildings...

SW Vernacular Style Homes are seen here...

See a refurbishing stone Huning Highlands home.