Go on, be Nebby with the diverse architectural tour of Bellevue House
An architectural historian and curator, as well as real estate agent, Justin Greenawalt and his husband, Christopher Eddy, took their time to lovingly restore their Arts-and-Crafts-style home along North Euclid Avenue in Bellevue to its former glory.
In August, the couple purchased the house next door which, although stripped of its original details, retained its unique bungalow-style layout. Since then, the couple have been busy finding architectural millwork and other vintage items to spruce up the historic home – and now they’re giving the public a peek inside.
The home under construction, along with the couple’s updated home, are two of eight diverse properties featured on Bellevue’s Sixth. “Live, Love, Shop” House Tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.
Featuring homes, churches and local businesses, the event returns this fall after a two-year hiatus following the coronavirus pandemic. The name of the tour refers to the original Las Vegas-style “Live, Worship, Shop” sign along Route 65 that welcomes visitors to the borough just north of town.
“Bellevue has continued to evolve and grow over the past few years, and it’s nice to show off our small town to the greater Pittsburgh area,” said Susan Stabnau, Tour Chair.
New this year, the tour will celebrate Bellevue’s diverse food scene by featuring samples of area restaurants at each stop, including Greek pastries from Evia, donuts from Valkyrie, fries and guacamole from 202 Hometown Tacos and pub food from Grille 565.
Based in Bellevue PSquare Perfumes also provided each tour owner with a candle that captures the essence of their property, according to publicity coordinator Theresa Gallick.
“Some owners have chosen one spark plug from their many offerings,” says Gallick. “Others have made a custom blend to capture the uniqueness of their home. This candle collection is one of many raffle baskets we offer upon registration.”
Stabnau says the houses on the tour range from cozy bungalows to large stately homes. The tour also features homes in various states of construction, including properties that have just begun major renovations and those that have been fully restored.
“Across America, people are choosing to live, work, and play in historic, well-established, walkable places. neighborhoods,” says Stabnau. “Residents move to places like Bellevue because they want to live somewhere distinctive and unique with an authentic sense of place.”
Registration for the self-guided tour takes place at Christ the King Church, located at 10 N. Fremont Ave. Tickets are $30 if purchased online and $35 if purchased at registration. Gallick says the Northgate School District also lends the tour a van — along with a few special drivers — to pick up walkers along the route who need a break.
“You may be surprised to learn that the van drivers are District Superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns of the first shift and Bellevue Elementary Principal Dr. Michael Amick of the second shift,” she says. “We want to highlight the cooperative aspect of our city.
The event takes place under the aegis of Bona Fide Bellevue, a non-profit community development corporation that aims to attract businesses and residents to Bellevue. In addition to the house tour, the organization sponsors clean-up days and oversees a popular farmers’ market.
For more information about the tour, including tickets, visit here.