"We only have one blighted property on the block now, and it's being renovated by a young couple," Bywater resident T.R. Johnson said in a press release about the tour. A Tulane professor, Johnson owns an 1870s-era camelback home featured on the tour.
Each of the eight houses spotlighted on the tour, which encompasses a three-block area, reflects a different aspect of Bywater's historical architecture. Participants can expect to see shotgun houses, Creole cottages and a 19th-century Italianate villa. Homeowners' personal tastes will be showcased through the interiors, furnishings, art, antiques and family heirlooms in each home.
Tickets are $15 general admission or $12 for Bywater Neighborhood Association members and are available at Clouet Gardens (710 Clouet St.) on the day of the tour, along with complimentary maps. — MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY