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Landmarks of Longview home tour to feature distinct styles

By Jimmy Daniell Isaac
Sept. 9, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.

On the 2017 Landmarks of Longview tour are homes at (top, from left) 5 Thorntee and 8 Thorntree and (bottom, from left) 1907 N. Tenth Street and 1109 Camilla Lane.

Two Longview neighborhoods with distinct styles are part of next weekend's Landmarks of Longview Tour.

The 18th annual architectural home tour allows visitors to see inside homes with varying styles in keeping with the mission of the Gregg County Historical Museum to educate in an enjoyable and entertaining atmosphere.

"We're really looking forward to this tour," organizer Debbie Hancock said. "I'm really excited about the variety.

Four homes are featured on the tour — two in the Thorntree subdivision and two in the Forest Park neighborhood.

In the Forest Park area near LeDuke Boulevard, the homes are described as mid-century modern custom.

At Thorntree, a gated community along Fourth Street, both homes on display also are custom-built — one a replica of a Southern Plantation home in Natchez, Mississippi, and the other a replica of a 1920s home on Swiss Avenue in Dallas, she said.

The tours are set 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 17. Advance tickets are $20 online at or in person at either the museum of several local businesses.

Tickets are the door of the participating homes is $25, but the ticket provides entry to all four homes on both tour dates.

Details about the homes are:

The Germanwala Home, 5 Thorntree

This English Georgian French Renaissance style home was constructed in 2000 by Steve Pirtle and is a replica of a 1920s home on historical Swiss Avenue in Dallas, now known as the Aldredge House.

Samir and Gana Germanwala purchased the home 11 years ago and have made several updates.

Upon entry, a chandelier lights the way to a winding staircase and highlights the walls covered in colors from a palette found throughout the home.

Upstairs are casual living spaces including a Pittsburgh Steelers mural painted in their son's room. French doors from the living area lead to the pool, which is complimented by an outdoor living space recreated from a California home.

The Pelaia Home, 8 Thorntree

This antebellum style home, belonging to Ralph Pelaia, is a duplicate of one built in the 1850s in Natchez, Mississippi, a town known for Southern plantation homes.

The home includes a Widow's Walk in keeping with the original home once owned by a riverboat captain and his wife.

Pelaia purchased the home in 2006 and has incorporated changes highlighting his Italian background, time spent in New Orleans and his love for color, according to the Gregg County Historical Museum.

The Hight Home, 1109 Camellia Lane

The homeowner has chosen to keep most of the original materials in this mid-century modern home, including the polished terrazzo flooring, streamlined cabinetry and wall coverings.

Originally designed and constructed in 1961 by Hubbell Associates of Dallas for Helen and Abe Silverman, this home is a perfect mid-century classic and includes many upscale amenities from that time period, according to the Gregg County Historical Museum.

The Brookshire Home, 1907 N. 10th St.

The homeowner purchased this home in October with an objective to retain the original beauty and heart of the home while transforming it into one of her favorite styles, Hollywood Regency, , according to the Gregg County Historical Museum.

The original draperies still adorn the windows and some of the bathroom fixtures that complement the homeowner's style remain.

The original home was constructed for Dr. and Mrs. Wray McCash, who lived there until 2016.



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