The 2020 Swiss avenue historic district
mother's day home tour & jazz concert
has been cancelled
Due to recommendations issued by the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention that all public gatherings be cancelled through the end of May, we regret that, for the first time in our 47year history, our 2020 Home Tour has been cancelled.
Any tickets already purchased will be refunded in full.
We encourage everyone to remain safe and healthy. We'll see you in 2021.
Saturday, May 9th, – 10AM to 6PM
Sunday, May 10th – Noon to 6PM
Jazz Concert Saturday, 7PM
Mother's Day Brunch Sunday 11AM & 1PM
It’s time again to celebrate one of Dallas’ most time-honored Springtime events. Join us as we celebrate The 47th Annual Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour. Happening this year, just as it does every year, on Mother's Day weekend, Saturday, and Sunday, May 9th and 10th.
This weekend-long tribute to Dallas' historic past will feature four of the city's most fabulous Early 20th Century homes and, on Saturday only, an historic Ionic Greek sanctuary built by noted architect, C.D. Hill. There will be an open-air art fair, a vintage auto display, a children’s play area with a kid-size railroad, live entertainment on the Avenue, free horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary air-conditioned mini-coaches, freshly prepared food, ice-cold beverages, and much more. Including, new this year, a Jazz Concert on Saturday night, and a Gourmet Cooking Class on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon presented by renowned Dallas chef, Kent Rathbun followed by private wine tastings hosted in three of Swiss Avenue's most legendary homes: The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Rufus Higginbotham House, The Bishop Lynch House, and the palatial Prairie Style mansion once owned by early Dallas pioneer and philanthropist, W.W. Caruth.
Tickets are on sale for the 2020 Home Tour now. You can purchase your tickets here on this page using any of our "Buy Now" Buttons (below), or at any of these local area retailers:
Talulah & HESS at Skillman-Live Oak Shopping Center and;
Tom Thumb Stores at Mockingbird & Abrams, Gaston Avenue near Grand,
Villanova Drive in Preston Center, Snyder Plaza, Oak Lawn Avenue,
East Lovers Lane at Matilda, and their newest location in Uptown.
2020 Home Tour Chair: Tonia Kuesel
About The 2020 Home Tour
The homes on tour this year are exquisite examples of the Early 20th Century's most popular architectural styles. Featured will be an elegant Italian Renaissance masterpiece with Colonial flourishes designed by famed architect Hal Thomson; an Eclectic Tudor Revival; and two very diverse examples of the Progressive Style Mode that was all the rage at the turn of the 20th Century. Also included is a tour of the impressive sanctuary at East Dallas Christian Church, one of the city's earliest churches, designed by CD Hill in 1924.
Guests can travel between all tour stops on air-conditioned mini coaches staffed by neighborhood tour guides who’ll share interesting facts, stories and details about The District. Those interested in a more-vintage mode of transportation can amble down the avenue in horse-drawn carriages. Both the mini-coaches and carriages are provided at no charge, with our compliments.
When it’s time for a break, relax and refresh in Savage Park with freshly prepared food and beverages served all throughout the weekend by INVASION and Gallo Nero Italian Bistro.
Beverage service will include soft drinks, beer, wine, and Gallo Nero's popular Bourbon Smash!
For those craving a sweet treat, Kona Ice and Steel City Pops will be serving refreshing shaved-ice snow cones and gourmet popsicles. Food trucks from Easy Slider, Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, and Yummy Pizza will be in the park serving up sliders, grilled sandwiches, and pizza.
On the main stage in Savage Park, there will be live entertainment throughout the weekend, performed by area talent. Along the median in front of the park, guests can browse the displays of local artisans who will be showcasing their wares, everything from artwork and custom candles to handmade jewelry, pottery, and handicrafts.
Home Tour Tickets
Home Tour Tickets: $30 in advance and $35 during the weekend of the event. Children 12 years of age or younger are admitted FREE. Tickets can be purchased using the BuyNow buttons on this page. Tickets can be purchased through PayPal or charged to your VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card.
Advance online ticket sales end at 6 PM on Friday, May 8th.
During the weekend of the Home Tour, tickets can be purchased at any of the homes on tour or at the Ticket Table under the White Tent in Savage Park. (Savage Park is located at the midpoint on Swiss Avenue between Bryan and Parkmount Streets)
For terms and conditions, see below*.
Email any questions or concerns about your home-tour ticket purchase to:
Home Tour Refund Policy During Coronavirus Crisis
To Our Valued Guests, Sponsors, Vendors & Neighbors:
We are closely monitoring the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 and its impact on public gatherings. As of right now, we expect to conduct the Tour as scheduled on Mother’s Day weekend. In the event the City of Dallas prohibits public gatherings and prevents the Tour from occurring, Swiss Avenue Historic District Association will offer a 100% refund on all ticket purchases. This refund policy does not extend to cancellations or delays due to inclement weather immediately prior to or during the Tour. There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather.
New This Year!
Mother’s Day Brunch
At The Historic Aldredge House
For the first time in the history of our tour, we will be hosting Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday in the elegant surroundings of the Aldredge House.
Brunch will be served indoors, in two seatings, at 11:00AM and at 1:00PM
Advance Reservations are Required, Tickets are $60 per guest
Buy Early, Capacity is Limited To 100 Guests Per Seating
Presented by Kingdom Kitchen
Brunch Menu includes:
Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Jalapeño Infused Waffles
Side Serving of Very Berry Fruit Salad
Gourmet Strawberry Shortcake Donut Holes
Iced Tea, Lemonade, and Chilled Water
Bottomless Mimosas by Gallo Nero Italian Bistro available at $15 per guest
(Bottomless Mimosas are available during brunch at the Aldredge House ONLY)
Ala Carte At Savage Park
We're thrilled to announce that INVASION, Dallas' newest fine-dining restaurant specializing in fresh, healthy and delicious local fare, will be In Savage Park all weekend serving up a delicious assortment of ala carte delicacies for the enjoyment of our guests. Ala carte food and beverages will be available on Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM and on Sunday from Noon to 6PM
ALA CARTE MENU
Presented by INVASION
11AM-6PM Saturday • Noon-6PM Sunday
Crisp Lettuce, Garlic Croutons, Homemade Caesar Dressing
delicious Herb-Marinated Chicken Bites
Homemade Alfredo, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, And Italian Cheese Blend
You can purchase Prix-Fixe servings of this delectable menu in advance, online, for $25 per plate. Simply present your receipt, either printed or on your smart phone, when you arrive.
Gallo Nero Italian Bistro will be on hand to provide beverage service that will include soft drinks, beer, wine and Gallo Nero's popular Bourbon Smash!
There will be a variety of additional dining options to enjoy on Saturday and Sunday presented by some the city's most popular gourmet food trucks.
Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM:
New York Style Pizza from Yummy Pizza
Saturday from Noon to 6:00 PM:
Grilled Sandwiches from Ruthie's Rolling Café
Great Sliders from Easy Slider.
And all throughout the weekend:
Gourmet Popsicles from Steel City Pops
Shaved-Ice Snow Cones from Kona Ice
Saturday Night JAZZ Concert
Under The Sprawling Live Oak Trees In Savage Park
Another first-time event at this year's tour is a live Jazz Concert
featuring The Hip Van Winkles presented on Saturday night under the Live Oaks in Savage Park. Food trucks and beverage service will be available during the event. The 7:00 PM performance will be preceded by a thank-you presentation to our sponsors at 6:00 PM.
The Hip Van Winkles reinvent today’s music with analog authenticity and the exuberance of the Jazz Age. Come experience the most electrifying entertainment experience since the gramophone!
Tables for 6 with 2 complementary bottles of wine: $300 per table
(Limited to 30 Tables)
Seating and Standing elsewhere in the park is FREE
(Bring your own blankets and folding chairs)
Seating opens at 6:00 PM, Concert begins at 7:00 PM
In the event of inclement weather, the Jazz Concert will take place just down the street from Savage Park under the rear pavilion at the historic Rufus Higginbotham House at 5002 Swiss, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protegé, Charles E. Barglebaugh.
Rufus W. Higginbotham House
Entertainment In Savage Park
Throughout the weekend, we will feature a variety of musical entertainment on the main stage in Savage Park. We invite you to take a break anytime during the tour to relax with a cold drink and a snack under the Live Oak trees while you enjoy the scheduled performances.
SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
11:00 - 11:30AM
12:00 - 2:00PM
2:00 - 4:00PM
4:00 - 6:00PM
SUNDAY, MAY 10TH
11:00AM - 2:00PM
2:00 - 4:00PM
4:00 - 6:00PM
& Complementary Wine Tasting
Take a break from the tour and join us for a very special experience.
On Saturday afternoon, renowned chef Kent Rathbun will conduct an exclusive cooking demonstration at the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired
Rufus W. Higginbotham House followed by a private wine tasting.
Guests will be treated to an informative and entertaining presentation by one of the country's most accomplished culinary experts.
The complementary wine tasting will be held across the street from the Higginbotham House at the former home of Bishop Joseph Lynch.
Attendance for this unique event is limited to 50 guests.
So please book early. Tickets are $60 per person.
Rufus W. Higginbotham House
Bishop Lynch House
Curbside parking is available on Swiss Avenue and Bryan Parkway except where "No Parking" signs are posted. "No Parking" signs are posted in front of the tour homes, at Savage Park and at other select locations to allow access for the mini coaches to pick up and drop off tour guests.
Overflow parking is available on Saturday ONLY in the parking lot at Munger Place Church.
Munger Place Church is located at the intersections of Munger Boulevard, Live Oak, and Bryan Streets. From there, just walk one scenic block along Bryan Street to reach the tour epicenter at Savage Park. Home tour mini busses will not be shuttling to and from the church on Saturday. Parking at the church is not available during tour hours on Sunday, due to ongoing church services. All cars of tour guests that are parked in the church lot on Saturday, must be moved from the lot before 7AM on Sunday to provide space for Sunday worshippers to park.
2020 Art Fair
Find that special gift for Mom, for yourself, or for anyone else! When you're not touring the homes, visit our art fair on the median across from Savage Park to browse a variety of unique crafts, jewelry, art, books and other assorted delights and delectables. There's something there for everyone! Among the roster of talented craftspersons who will be attending this year are:
Suzy Moritz Fine Art
Addison Sloane Artworks
Usborne Books & More
Haus of Woude Candles
Bougie Bars & Bubbles
Lili & Lee
nice & bella
rebound art group
2020 Tour Homes
5421 Swiss Avenue
5507 Bryan Street
5533 Swiss Avenue
6303 Bryan Parkway
East Dallas Christian Church
[Open Saturday Only]
A Salute To Our Supportive Neighbors
We'd like to extend a special "Thank You!" to those residents in our District who have purchased their bulk packets of this year's home tour tickets. As always, we are grateful for your support.
Anja and Jeff Woodson
Sarah and Gary Ahr
Julie and Paul Hartmann
Claire and Cal Chaney
Christy and Craig Scheef
Jean and David Dean
Jean and Jim Dunkerly
Nancy and David Pinson
Christine and Peter Loh
Sandra Brothers and Mike Holub
Nancy and Guyman Phillips
Jeanne and James Harrington
Jody and Bill Bowers
Robyn and Adam Schaub
Anne and Chris Hamilton
Laura and Todd McCavit
Kara Murphy and Carl Hunermund
Marianne and Tim Howells
Melissa and Phillip Crew
Marian and Jan Mohamed
Louise and James Finley
Susan and Greg Sommers
Laura and Michael Duty
Suzanne and Rene Ramirez
Carrie and Bryan Davis
Debra and Michael Gray
Bob Whisnant and Bob Hopkins
Pauline and Web Mayfield
Jenny and Martha Hulse
Debbie and David Kusin
Virginia and Tom Bonifield
Kristin and Michael Hegedus
Rachel and Steve Goniwiecha
Virginia and Bob Dupuy
Michelle and Jerry Baus
Ursala Gieson-Testa and Guiliano Testa
Rene and Toby Toudouze
Joanna and John Hampton
Lynn and Rob Drawbridge
Janis Adams and Martin Berkman
Sarah and Todd Lindley
Jane and Philip Barrett
Kathryn and Richard Brown
Sandra and Colin Fite
Cassandra and Matthew McGrath
Judy and Dale Clemments
Risa Weinberger and Mike Carleton
Maureen and Robert Eason
Katie and Noah Drew
Bonnie and John Wells
Rhonda and Nick McCune
Carey and Jay Hurst
Beth Anschuetz and Joe Williams
Gaye and Ken Martin
Ann and Marc Joseph
Ann Libert and Yvo Desmedt
Ann and Brad Stoltz
Marna and Bryan Wohlfeld
Alexandria and Daniel Watters
Vanessa and Gary Hoffman
Debby and Bill Heathcott
Trina and Varnado Williams
Kim and Mitch McCrea
The Givens Family
The Fahnestock Family
Mariana Greene and Jim Schutze
Linda and Dan Farell
Deborah Dvoracek and Rick Rogers
Elizabeth Mast and Bob Charlap
Natalie and Cameron Kinvig
Cindy Harwood and Mark Turner
Kelly and Jeff Gordon
Natasha and Jordan August
* TERMS & CONDITIONS REGARDING SALE & USE OF HOME TOUR TICKETS
Refund and Exchange Policy. There are NO REFUNDS and NO EXCHANGES. All ticket sales are final.
Lost Tickets. Lost tickets will be replaced provided you have your proof of payment available.
Cancellation Policy. If the Home Tour is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, civil strife or for any other reason outside of its control , SAHDA does not guarantee a refund or exchange on tickets purchased for the Home Tour. In the event of a cancellation, SAHDA will post information on its website as to the availability of refunds. Any refund will require proof of purchase.
Reselling Policy. Tickets may not be resold or offered for resale. Tickets may not be used for advertising, promotion, or other commercial purposes except with the express written consent of SAHDA. SAHDA reserves the right to refuse entry to any customer who has purchased tickets and resold them, or to any person attempting to attend the event with such tickets.
Reproduction Policy. It is unlawful to reproduce any tickets in any form. In the event of reproduction, SAHDA reserves the right to refuse entry to the original purchaser as well as any person attempting to attend a performance with reproduced tickets.