Central City Opera Guild’s 34th Annual L’Esprit Home Tour and Boutique Comes to Hilltop Neighborhood
Carolyn O’Donnell, L’Esprit Co-Chair

303-333-8590, odtwins@aol.com

Valerie Hamlin
Central City Opera Acting Director of Marketing
(303) 292-6500 x 108

November 04, 2010

Central City Opera Guild’s 34th Annual L’Esprit Home Tour and Boutique Comes to Hilltop Neighborhood

Central City Opera Guild’s 34th Annual L’Esprit Home Tour and Boutique Comes to Hilltop Neighborhood

November 19 & 20 

DENVER (November 4, 2010) – Tour goers can get in to the holiday spirit with the 34th annual L’Esprit Home Tour and Boutique benefiting Central City Opera. Presented by the Central City Opera Guild, this year’s tour will feature seven homes in the prestigious Hilltop neighborhood beautifully decorated for the Christmas and Chanukah (Hanukkah) holiday seasons with festive tabletop settings and decor. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 19 and Sat., Nov 20.

From charming Spanish-styled homes to Tudors with a cottage feel, attendees will be able to tour through some of Hilltop’s most incredible and stylish homes located on Ash, Albion, Dexter, Eudora and Fairfax streets. A few tour highlights include:

·         A Spanish-colonial built in 1929 that boasts new stairways and a sunroom addition that overlooks the gardens and expansive lawn. Multiple walls with exposed brick, plaster and crown moldings take the house back to its original charm. 

·         Commissioned architect, Pat Cashen, was asked to design a “pretty house with a lot of light and a view of the mountains.” The home is nestled between two Honey Locust Trees with a large front yard and a small courtyard and hot tub in back. With a penchant for European and English design, the homeowner’s garden features an abundance of roses, wisteria, phlox and peonies and a fish pond and fountain provide soothing sounds to bedrooms above.

·         A gracious Hilltop Tudor features tiered moldings, a wood-beamed ceiling, custom built-ins, and raised panel wainscoting. Brazilian cherry hardwood floors create the warmth of this custom home, and other amenities include a one-of-a-kind powder room sink and a gourmet kitchen.

Denver’s premier floral and tabletop designers and decorators participating in the event include: Capelli Floral, City Floral, Create with Me, Dare 2 Design Studio, The Golden Acorn, Les Belles Fleurs, Patina Antique and Home, Plum Gallery, Watson & Co., and Wildflowers,

The L’Esprit Gift Boutique will be held at the Graland Country Day School, located at 1st and Bellaire (near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Alameda Avenue) in Denver.  More than 25 vendors will sell their beautiful wares with items including delectable gourmet foods, hand-painted pots, colorful scarves, soothing bath products, unique hand-made jewelry, and much more. Vendors include: Amber Bath, Bloomingbags, Carmen's Kitchen, CS Pashminas, Dizzie Izzie, Fabulous Faux, Robin King Design, Loredana's Pestos, Mile High Jewelry & Accessories, Moni's Folkart, Lynette Pickering Designs, Options in Design, Ranieri Jewelry, Sassy Stuff, Smarty Pants, Stone Legends, Too Wired Women, The Unbroken Circle, Vicki's Boutique, Vintage Chic, A Well Seasoned Kitchen, and Elise Zall Designs. Admission and parking for the Boutique are FREE. Boutique hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sponsors of the 34th L’Esprit Home Tour and Boutique include Megastar Financial and Lori Rickert/Rickert State Farm Insurance Agency. Media sponsors include the Denver Post and the Villager newspapers.

A popular sneak peek of the home tour is the Patron Preview Party and Tour on Thursday evening, Nov. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees at this exclusive party will get a preview tour of the homes, followed by cocktails and an elegant buffet. Tickets are $250 for patrons, $150 for regular tickets and $90 for junior patrons (age 35 and younger).

Tickets for the home tour are available in advance for $18 through the Central City Box Office at (303) 292-6700 or online at www.centralcityopera.org (service fees apply online) and at local King Soopers locations. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $20. Admission is free for the Boutique, and parking is free for all Home Tour and Boutique guests. For more information, please visit www.centralcityopera.org.

The Hilltop neighborhood is bordered on the west by Colorado Boulevard, on the north by Severn Avenue, on the south by East Alameda Avenue, and on the east by Monaco Parkway. The neighborhood gets it name from the fact that it is higher in elevation than the surrounding parts of the city. In the center of the neighborhood is Cranmer Park, with a view of the Front Range mountains. Hilltop, one of Denver's wealthiest neighborhoods, was developed in the 1940s and 1950s, and now many of the original houses are being replaced with larger homes.

Proceeds support Central City Opera’s programs including its annual Summer Festival, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, the preservation and maintenance of the Opera House and more than 30 other Victorian-era properties and its Education and Community Programs, which serve more than 80,000 people each year through performances in elementary and secondary schools, community centers, senior residences and theaters.

Central City Opera House Association Guild (CCOHAG) was established in 1974 to assist Central City Opera, the fifth-oldest opera company in the United States, with historic preservation, education, cultural and social events, and fund raising. Its many programs include: Take a Child to the Opera Days, the Opera House Gardens, Victorian home preservation, Apprentice Artist support and opera preview dinners. For more information, please visit www.centralcityopera.org.