2013 Holiday Home Tour

2013 Presenting Sponsor

Allen Tate - Center City


2013 Supporting Sponsors

North Caroli na Dance Theatre

7th Street Public Market

Charlotte Center City Partners/FindYourCenter.com

The Lake, 102.9

Associate Sponsors

Alexander Michael's Restaurant & Tavern

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

Cowbell Burger & Bar

Center City Realty

Dillinger’s Tap Room

Dandelion Market

Fourth Ward Bread Co.

Helen Adams Realty

Home Management, LLC

Local Loaf

Mert’s Heart & Soul

Mortimer's Cafe & Pub

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

The McDevitt Agency

Urban Homes/Jason Jordan



Friends of the Tour


Blis Uptown Gift Boutique

Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours

Dean & Deluca


Good Eats & Meets

Park Road Books

The Dunhill Hotel

The McNinch House Restaurant

The Wooden Vine




Photography by Joy Kennedy

36th Annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour

Celebrate the Season in Style!


Dates and Times

Friday, Dec 6th: 5 – 9 pm

Saturday, Dec. 7th: 5 – 9 pm

Sunday, Dec 8th:  1 - 5 pm

​This walkable tour includes admission to eleven locations throughout Fourth Ward, beautifully decorated for the season. In addition to the private homes on tour, we will again be featuring sneak peeks rehearsals of the famous Nutcracker by the North Carolina Dance Theater and special holiday surprises at the 7th Street Public Market.  On Sunday only, guests may also tour the historic McNinch House, including the newly renovated private residence upstairs.  Throughout the weekend, choirs and hand bell ensembles will perform seasonal music on the porches of neighborhood homes.  Tour guests also will receive complimentary horse and carriage rides throughout the neighborhood, wine and beer samplings, and tasty treats from selected Center City restaurants (while they last). 


Tickets are $25.00 per person and may be used all three days during tour hours.  Tickets may be purchased online using your credit card and the PayPal link above, or at one of the retail locations listed below after November 10th. During tour hours, ticket-holders must redeem their tickets for tour guidebooks at the tour ticket booth at the corner of 9th & Poplar Streets in Fourth Ward. The ticket booth will be the only location for same day ticket purchases. Please bring a printed or digital copy of your receipt if purchasing your ticket online. Children that cannot be carried must have a ticket. 


Retail Ticket Outlets 

Tickets are available for sale at the following retailer and must be paid with cash or check. 


All tour stops are within walking distance of one another and free on street parking is available throughout the neighborhood.  Additional $5.00 parking is available in the surface lot adjacent to the 7th Street Public Market at 224 East 7th Street. If you have pre-purchased your ticket, you may redeem it for a guidebook at the 7th Street Public Market. Tour guests will be treated to complimentary horse and carriage rides between the Market and the Tour Ticket Booth located at 9th & Poplar Streets. See the interactive map of Center City for additional parking options.



Restrooms are available in various retail establishments in Fourth Ward and along the tour. Entry into private homes along the tour will not be available. 


Additional information, press kits, and group rates are available. Please contact us at:  hometours@fofw.org



History of the Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour​

Founded in 1977 by neighbors who visited each other’s homes to feast, sing carols and enjoy holiday décor, the Friends of Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour has evolved substantially in 36 years.  In 1979, the event opened to the public and quickly became a successful fundraiser for the neighborhood.  The Holiday Home Tour is the largest fund raiser for the 4th Ward Neighborhood . Funds help improve the safety and quality of life in the Fourth Ward and Uptown Charlotte area. Improvements include better lighting for our neighborhood and park, the crosswalk at Harris Teeter, bags for the dog walkers to use to keep our neighborhood clean, a new playground on 9th street, additional bicycles for our policeman, additional supplies for our local firemen, and support for local schools. Come have fun and help us continue to make the center city a great play to live, work and play! 

Signature Homes

Jenkins/Lancaster Home:  From the moment you enter the home through the timeless leaded glass doorway that once graced The Hotel Charlotte, you will find a gracious home that embodies a comfortable elegance, inviting guests to relax and enjoy.  While traditional in overall style, there is a unique eclectic element that offers a subtle hint of surprise throughout the home.  Treasured family pieces and art from Europe and Asia combine with items collected by the couple over the years, and intermingle with the homes’ modern conveniences.


During this festive season, the home is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, a tradition started by the homeowner’s mother’s love (some may call it a slight obsession) for the holiday and its splendor.  The home features a fully adorned Christmas tree in nearly every room, as well as a most unique collection of Saint Nicholas figures, many intricately handmade, some featuring items that belonged to grand and great grandparents.   The Christmas tree in the living room bay window is decorated with a wide array of different ornaments that span every decade since the 1920’s.  


The home is topped by a wonderful rooftop terrace that offers a private garden oasis in the heart of the Center City, where friends and neighbors frequently gather to socialize.  A stop not to be missed on this year’s tour! 


The Sloan-Davidson House is one of the oldest homes original to its site in Fourth Ward, with part of the structure built in 1820, making it one of the five oldest in Mecklenburg County! It is listed on the local register of historic places. While the home began as a two room cottage built in the Folk Victorian Style, subsequent exterior updates reflect more of a Queen Anne Style.   It appears the house was built in two sections.  The first addition, completed in 1880, included a coin left in a wall by workmen for good luck. The oldest section of the home is now the kitchen and dining room.  During the most recent renovation, a seventh gable was added, again, for good luck!  There are many legends surrounding this home.  Come hear about the ghosts, folklore and tales which add to the interest of this beautifully restored Victorian home.