Jerome AZ (May 13, 2019) – The Jerome Chamber of Commerce is ready for its yearly exploration of the back streets of this historic mining town with the 54th Annual Home and Building Tour. Save the dates of May 18 – 19, 2019 for a look at some totally renovated gems in the mile-high town.
The tour will include a look at The Reber House, built in 1917. Dr Louis Reber built this home to please his bride and even measured the waist to floor length to be sure the kitchen sink would fit her exactly right. Dr. Reber was Chief Geologist for the United Verde Copper Company. He earned his PhD in geology from Yale and became the chief geologist right after graduation. He is credited with developing the concept of aerial photography for ore identification. He was in and out of Jerome and then returned from 1953 to 1964 as a general agent for Phelps Dodge. After his death in 1966, his materials were donated to the NAU geology department.
Don and Kathi Feher bought this home three years ago. Don was born in Jerome over seventy years ago and lived in this neighborhood as a child. They have completed a major renovation of the entire interior space. Don, having been in the cabinet business for thirty years, restored the original wood floor, and constructed the all of the interior woodwork in old growth Douglas fir. In addition, they built up stone walls, made walkways and planted the hillside gardens.
Park out at the 300 level and a bus will bring you to town to Spook Hall. The Tour starts with ticket sales at this original JC Penney on Hull Avenue. Adults will pay $25 and $10 for kids. Free for children under 3. There will be lots of steps and walking so come prepared for an adventure. First Tour starts at 9am and the last tickets of the day are sold at 3pm. Leave yourself 2-4 hours for this event. Participants will take a van ride to most locations with a few within walking distance of each other. The tour is not handicapped accessible.