June 17, 2012 in Features

Home tour promises to be worth the journey to Palouse

By The Spokesman-Review

John and Diane Cooper’s restored Victorian era home overlooks the Palouse River Valley in Palouse, Wash. The home was once a commune, complete with indoor goats, but has been restored to its turn-of-the-20th-century elegance.
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The season for long, scenic drives is upon us again, and it’s worth the gas Saturday to make the hour-plus journey to Palouse, Wash.

You’ll be treated to a tour of four homes, a historic chapel and a stunning English style garden. The homes span 100 years in age, from the Victorian era to modern time.

The city of Palouse, surrounded by rolling wheat hills, is at the junction of the Palouse River and state Route 27. Proceeds from tour ticket sales will benefit the preservation of Holy Trinity Chapel, an 1895 building once used as a church and now enjoying a second life as a gathering place for weddings, memorial services and cultural presentations.

Read more about the community’s preservation efforts in a Today story coming Saturday.

The home and garden tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $15 tickets are available at Holy Trinity Chapel, at the corner of Bridge and Alder Streets in Palouse. For more information, call (509) 878-1826.

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