LaPorte hosts candlelight tour of historical homes

The home of Don and Julie Fugitt-Schultz, at 1217 Michigan Ave., LaPorte, was built for banker Francis H. Morrison in 1905. The house, with its original Marshall Field & Co. wall stenciling, was designed by Chicago architect Charles Whitney Stevens, and is an exceptional example of Colonial Revival styling.

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LAPORTE — People Engaged in Preservation, LaPorte's nonprofit historic preservation group, will hold its 2016 Christmas Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The tour includes five private homes, the LaPorte New Church and Judee's Boutique.

All seven sites will be open for self-guided touring, and will be decorated for the holiday season. Also included will be live musical entertainment, refreshments at LaPorte New Church, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Tickets, at $25 each, will be available at LaPorte New Church, 812 Indiana Ave., LaPorte, during the actual tour hours only. For more information, contact Pam Ruminski at (219) 362-5712, Tim Stabosz at (219) 363-7485, or email ruminskipep@yahoo.com.

Ruminski, chairwoman of the Candlelight Tour, said, "We are pleased and excited to announce the return of the Candlelight Tour this year. As 2016 represents our 17th year of this celebrated event, our members, volunteers, decorators and homeowners are working diligently to put on another fantastic show for everyone."

People Engaged in Preservation is a LaPorte-based nonprofit group dedicated to the preservation of historic architecture, and promoting the economic development and quality-of-life benefits of historic preservation.

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