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Peek into people’s homes, glimpse into Park City’s past

Alisha SelfOf the Record staff

Katherine Matsumoto-Gray and Chris Gray can see grooves from a wood-burning stove imprinted on their living room floor. In some places, they know the wallpaper is four to five layers thick, the vintage art deco patterns covered by more modern designs.

The Grays’ residence at 823 Norfolk Avenue is one of 13 properties to be featured in the 14th Annual Home Tour, which will be presented by the Park City Historical Society & Museum June 25-26.

Their home was built in the 1890s by Julius Jensen, who worked in the Ontario Mine. He and his wife Lovinia lived in the house until it became too cramped with six children. Soon after moving to a larger residence, Julius and Lovinia died of pneumonia and were buried side by side at the Glenwood Cemetery.

Matsumoto-Gray has lived at 823 Norfolk for six years. She has photos of the original owners displayed in the house. "I think it’s a great part of the town’s history and I want to continue that story," she says.

She has volunteered to give tours and share relics from her home’s history during the Home Tour. "I love to share the little things that are leftover with people who come to visit," she says. "It’s definitely an honor to be involved. It’s a fun time to learn more about the history of our town."

Anyone who has wondered of what lies within some of the quaint, miner-esque homes in Old Town Park City will have a chance to explore select homes during the weekend event .

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This year’s tour highlights just over a dozen buildings located between 8th and 10th Streets on Woodside, Park and Norfolk Avenues. All of the properties are listed on the city’s inventory of historic sites and all were built between the 1880s and the 1920s.

"It’s a great collaboration within the community to open up historic homes and offer people a glimpse of the past," says Home Tour committee leader Karen Keating. "We’ve got a nice mix of some really historic homes and also some remodeled properties."

The event starts Friday evening with A Taste Of Park City, a series of intimate dinner parties catered by chefs from local restaurants in historic homes that are not featured on the Home Tour. Tickets are $200 per person and include tickets for the tour and a kick-off reception the Washington School Inn at 6 p.m. Tickets for A Taste Of Park City are sold out but there is a waitlist in case of cancellations.

On Saturday, owners of 13 featured properties will open their doors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for self-guided tours. Participants will start at the High West Distillery, 703 Park Avenue, where they can pick up guidebooks and maps. The properties can be visited in any order or fashion and volunteer docents will be available at each stop to provide interesting tidbits and answer questions.

Tickets for the tour are $15 for members of the Park City Historical Society and $20 for non-members. Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance and will be available in front of High West Distillery starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The tour will be followed by a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at Zoom Restaurant, 660 Main Street. Preservation awards honoring excellence in historic preservation and stewardship will be presented to five historic Park City buildings. The reception will also include a silent auction featuring items such as golf packages, gift baskets and jewelry. Tickets for the reception are $35 and will be sold at the door.

The Home Tour is the primary fundraiser for the Park City Historical Society. According to Park City Museum director Sandra Morrison, proceeds support operations, maintenance and education programs at the Museum on Main Street.

For more information about the Home Tour, call 649-7457 or visit

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