This March, historic preservation will be in full bloom during the 29th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
Historic Macon Foundation’s 18th Annual Decorators’ Showhouse will serve as the Cherry Blossom Festival’s Tour of Homes.
The home located at 306 Orange St. in the intown Macon Historic District dates back to the 1880s when Benjamin Lawton Willingham gave the lot to his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Furman Lawton.
Historic Macon is currently rehabilitating the property based on standards set forth by the Secretary of the Interior in order to make it eligible for tax incentives for preservation totaling over $100,000 for the new owners.
Green living features adorn the home as well including an ultra-efficient ductless HVAC system, injected foam insulation, high efficiency water heaters, a pervious-surfaced driveway and limited construction waste.
“The showhouse will be the first historic rehabilitation in Georgia that showcases green design and energy efficiency for the public,” said Josh Rogers, Executive Director of Historic Macon Foundation. “We believe this project will set the bar for other rehabilitation projects throughout the Southeast.”
The Decorators’ Showhouse Tour, featuring 13 decorators from three states, will be open during the Cherry Blossom Festival, March 17 until March 27.
Presale tickets will be $18 from February 14 until March 15 and tickets at the door will be $20.
“Partnering with Historic Macon Foundation for our Tour of Homes just makes sense,” said Karen Lambert, President and CEO of the Cherry Blossom Festival. “We look forward to using this project to illustrate the positive impact two organizations can have on our beautiful city when they work together.”
On February 17, a “Hard Hat Party” will allow visitors to see the home before decorators complete their rooms. The “Top Hat Party” featuring the work of the decorators will take place on March 16.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual 10-day event designed to enhance the quality of life, community fellowship and civic pride for all Macon residents. The Festival was developed around the basic principles of “love, beauty and international friendship.” Historic Macon is a nonprofit organization that advocates for Macon’s historic and architectural heritage and facilitates preservation efforts in the community, revitalizes Macon’s neighborhoods and interprets the Sidney Lanier Cottage. For more information, visit www.historicmacon.org or call 478.742.5084.