Jerome AZ (April 21, 2015) – The Jerome Chamber of Commerce has just finished up the list of homes for the most talked about event of the year, The Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour, celebrating its 50th year. Guests will have the comfort and shelter of Spook Hall and enjoy entertainment and seats while waiting for the shuttle to begin this wonderful tour.
Visitors will begin the tour on the famous Jerome Boardwalk and visit the lovely Mills House on Paradise Lane. The house was built in 1898 for mine managers. In 1915, young Carl Mills of Michigan received his engineering masters degree, spent a few months underground mining in Michigan’s Isle Royal Mine and accepted a position in Jerome as assistant engineer in the mines division of the United Verde Copper Company. He served in WWI, met teacher Ynez Reynolds who was teaching in Jerome public schools and they married. Returning to Jerome after the war, Carl advanced in 1935 to mine superintendent. He was also chief engineer for new owner Phelps Dodge Corporation and eventually general superintendent of the United Verde Branch. Learn the rest of the history of the home on the exciting tour.
The tour continues with the first time look at a home perched high on the hill on Clark Street. Glorious views and custom renovation have not changed the historic charm of this Jerome classic. The Rosie Salas House was built in 1898 and has had a first class renovation using many local artisans to create a truly lovely home with huge views. The Paul Nonnast Home is in itself a work of art created by the late Jerome Artist who died in 2005. A student of Paolo Soleri and Arcosanti, Paul designed and lived in a unique studio and then built a main home on the mile high cliff of Jerome. For the first time, the public will get a glimpse of the incredible design of this talented artist. George and Lori Riley are completing a major exterior renovation of their 1990’s home that is perched above 89A. They have added terracing with rock walls, decks and a new studio to make this a remarkable stop on the tour. Stories from the old days in Jerome are abundant for this home as many locals have a long history with the property. The 1914 home of local furniture designer and celebrity Tim McClellan is on the tour. Situated on the main road into town, this well built cottage is loaded with charm as well as furniture from Tim’s Western Heritage Furniture located right across the street. The Robinson home is a Victorian charmer with a turret that affords a view of the Jerome town from a very unique perspective.
Tickets will be sold online as well as the day of the event. It is most crowded in the morning so it is recommended to come in early afternoon for the least amount of waiting. Vans transport guests to each location where you can stay as long as you like. Get on the next van and proceed with the tour. It will take 2-4 hours to complete the tour depending on how long you spend at each stop. For more information, call The Jerome Chamber at 928.634.2900.