Tech Terrace UNIT Neighborhood Holiday Home Tour 2007

Each year, the Tech Terrace Neighborhood Association hosts the Holiday Home Tour which features decorated homes in the neighborhood.  This year the 20th Anniversary Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st from 2 to 5 pm.

The $15 tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.  Proceeds go to various neighborhood projects.  Past funding includes park renovations, landscaping, safe routes to school and neighborhood maintenance.

More than 100 homes have been showcased in the past twenty years.

This year's include:

2703  19th Street  - owned by Ron Morgan

The Krueger house, built in 1935, is one of the finest examples of the Greek Revival style homes in Lubbock.  Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Krueger were the original owners.  Frank and Windy Sitton purchased the home in 1992 and retained Pierce and Winn architects to renovate the home.  The original crown molding and bas relief are a hallmark of the house. The current owner has filled this home with the finest furnishing from his travels to Tibet, Sardinia, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, and Europe.  Art work by Wilson Hurley, David A.Leffel, and W. Van Hoylandt hangs in the entrance hall and the drawing room.  The library is paneled in dark, rich American black walnut.  The formal dining room has the original wall covering depicting the history of America.  African masks and exquisite beaded chairs adorn the downstairs den, and Dr. Krueger's shooting gallery has been turned into a storage area and closet.  Upstairs, the guest room remains the original pink accented by celadon and mauve.  The grounds have recently  been re-landscaped with lighting for the trees and statuary.  Viewing this fabulous home provides a glimpse of Lubbock's history.

2915 19th Street - owned by Tom and Kyla Sell

The historic home located at 2915-19th was built in 1948 by Charles and Juanita Ratliff.  Mrs. Ratliff was the designer and original pictures and plans are on display.  Charles Armstrong an architect and builder from Fort Worth constructed the home.  As you enter the home, you'll notice the unique dentil molding in the living room and the round dining room. Charles and Juanita lived in this home for 50 years.  The attention to detail was noted by the current owners.  Juanita measured Charles' suits and the closets were designed from those measurements.  The boy's room closets were designed to hold their sports equipment. 

The current owners moved back to Lubbock from Washington, D.C. and were looking for an older home in the Tech Terrace neighborhood to raise their young children.  They choose this home for the large back yard and the architectural features.  They have been renovating the front yard, adding the curved driveway, stone entrances and new landscaping keeping the architectural integrity of the home.  The interior of the home had been updated several years ago by the Riojas family.  Cosmetic changes in paint and wallpaper have also been added but the character of the home remains the same as it was in 1948.

3211 20th St. - owned by Drs. Scott and Linda Robins

Built around 1950, this lovely traditional home was the first project of Deane Pierce, then a architecture student at Texas Tech.  In 2003, when the current owners moved here, they again requested the talents of Deane Pierce, who now 50 years later has remodeled, redesigned, and updated the entire home.  Never throughout all these years has the home lost the Deane Pierce touch of ambience and luxury.   Contractor and master carpenter, Morris Fitch, constructed all new wood work to match perfectly the old pine paneling in the cozy den.  Faux finishing and original scrolling in the kitchen were painted by local, Kristan Lemon.   Items of interest as you tour this beautiful home are in the living room:  Linda's Yamaha Grand piano is the centerpiece of the living room.  Deane Pierce's travertine marble fireplace is a newly added focus of this room.  An original Glenna Goodacre sculpture named "the grandchild" was given to Linda by her husband, Scott, when their first grandchild was born.  It sits atop an antique cabinet along side the Baccarah crystal Nativity Scene.  A mirror hanging in the entry was a gift from the Linda's grandfather to her grandmother when her father was born.    In the dining room a ballerina sculpture by Richard MacDonald appears in the corner and reappears in the wedding photograph of daughter, Whitney, a known ballerina in the Lubbock area.  Also available for viewing on the tour is the 500 square foot guest house in the back and the swimming pool.  Dr. Scott Robins himself built the shelves and TV entertainment center.  Before leaving this lovely home, notice by the front door a picture of a younger Linda and their first child Jeff, in pastels.  A gift to the Robins from Dr. Paul Looney. 

3009 23rd Street - owned by Dr. Eddie and Susan Richards

Built in 1948 of Austin stone, this Tech Terrace classic has 5 bedrooms and three living areas.  When you enter this home notice the "retro" touches throughout the house:  from the entryway with its rolled trim to the bathroom with curved cabinets down the hall.  In 2002, this home was renovated by sculptor and designer, Stacy Bayne.  She added the gorgeous cherry wood fireplace in the formal living room, the Italian Stone breakfast bar and fireplace in the eating area and the gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and original metal cabinetry.   Notice the French-style dresser in the Master Bedroom.  Cabinets in the Master Bath were built to duplicate this original dresser.  The Richards have added their own touches to make the home their own.  The wood floors throughout the house are original to the home and have been refurbished by the current owners.  This is a home of collections:  the family has three daughters.  Their father gives the youngest daughter a Waterford crystal Christmas ornament each year.  He gives the Precious Moments ornaments and figurines to the middle daughter and a music box to the oldest daughter.  Radko Christmas ornaments have their own special tree in the living room.  The daughters give their mother a nutcracker each year.  Susan herself collects Nativity Scenes from all over the world.  She keeps them out year-round in the display case in the den.  The Richards adore their collection paintings by Lindale Kinff seen throughout the home.  You'll notice that all three daughters have many awards and medals adoring their respective rooms.  Each room reflects each girl's personality.  While we appreciate the Richards for inviting us into their beautiful home, we'll forgive them for displaying so prominently in their den an original pastel of their two interlocking class rings from A& M!

3323 23rd Street - owned by Bill and Linda Moore

 In 1951 Weldon Wines served as architect and builder  of this home for the Pevatoe family, owners of the historic Hot Shots downtown café. The current owners have updated with paint, wallpaper and remodels in the bath and  kitchen; and a previous owner installed wood floors and added on the den.  The exterior is inviting with its curved walkway leading to the large front porch.  Original light fixtures are still in the foyer and the dining room, and a living room mirror over the fireplace has a unique form of beveling done on the reverse side. The bold crown molding is also original.  The dining room is set for Christmas dinner with shell dinnerware and antique glass place cards. The kitchen has been opened to the den where the snowdrift wood paneling has been  painted to let the texture show through. Family photos line the hallway which leads to the office.  Quilts made by the owner's great grandmothers bring the family heritage into the office.  You will enjoy the 1950's style made comfortable for today's life.

3301 24th Street  - owned by Dr. Tiva and Betsy Kasemsri

Built in 1949, this house was originally a two bedroom home with 1900 square feet. The two story addition in 2000-2002  was designed by Terry Nichols and more than doubled the size of the house.   Owners maintained the integrity of the original house by restoring wood floors and original picture windows, while distinct touches from the South are noted throughout from the gas light porch light to the wall paint colors of ivory and pewter.  The addition provided ceiling heights of nine and ten feet, leading through the gallery off the living room into the family room, expanded kitchen, and playroom. The transoms above the French doors and above the kitchen cabinets bring in more natural light The back of the house offers a mud room  where family members follow the Asian tradition of leaving shoes outside. The second story  provides additional colorful bedrooms for family and guests. This family has rich experiences with world cultures and strong ties to family, evidenced by the living room  and kitchen furniture pieces which have been in the family for generations and by the pieces of Thailand art and culture. Notice the framed London News article from 1857 about King Chulalongkorn of Thailand, a great, great grandfather of the current owner.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased at several of the stores located in the including:

  • Hodgepodge Design, Plaza Shopping Center at 26th and Boston
  • Social Butterfly, Plaza Shopping Center at 26th and Boston
  • The Ice Cream & Soda Shoppe, Plaza Shopping Center at 26th and Boston
  • J&B Coffee, Plaza Shopping Center at 26th and Boston.
  • H.G. Thrash Clothiers, Broadway
  • Abbey Home Center, 34th Street.