Delavan Tour of Homes features historic bed and breakfast

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Sunday, November 3, 2013

DELAVAN--The highlight of home tours is usually the kitchen.

Vast granite counter tops, fancy-pants stoves and well-lit islands make visitors “ooo” and “ah” and secretly covet what seems to be a happier culinary life.

On the Delavan-Darien Tour of Homes, visitors will covet Lianne Fritz's bed.

They also will covet her library, her porch and her kitchen.

Oh, and her dog run, as well.

On Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, the Delavan Soccer Club is hosting the Delavan-Darien Holiday Tour of Homes. Four homes and two businesses will be decorated for either fall/Thanksgiving, Halloween or Christmas. Fritz's home and business, Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast, 112 South Main St., Delavan, is one of the tour's highlights.

The event is a fundraiser for the Delavan Soccer Club's scholarship fund, said Debbie Mowery, tour organizer.

Each year, the club gives university or technical college scholarships to graduating seniors who have played varsity soccer, Mowery said.

This year, the tour will be running for two days instead of one, and Friday night participants can use their tickets on Saturday, too, Mowery said.

Ambitious visitors could make reservations and stay from Friday to Saturday at the Main Street Manor. That, of course, would not be included in the $10 advance ticket price.

Fritz and her partners, Jonathan Webster and Garrett Cheyne, spent two years remodeling what is now Main Street Manor. The home, which was built in the early 1850s, had been converted into a duplex. The trio tore down walls, ripped out what appeared to be randomly placed closets and redid wood floors. Woodwork was replaced or redone, and when they were finished, they had created a four-bedroom bed and breakfast. Each room has its own bathroom.

The back yard has a waterfall in the summer and separate decks, including one that is just for visiting dogs.

Throughout the house, the antique is mixed with the modern. For example, Fritz's bedroom, which serves as a library during the day, has new floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and an item that looks like an elegant antique hutch. The burl oak woodwork is glossy and elegant and gives the library a warm feeling. 

The hutch actually is an old-fashioned Murphy bed. Pull forward on the drawer, and out folds a bed. Its legs are cleverly tucked into the woodwork and only show as decorative buttons.

It's a clever and practical piece of furniture.

In the living room, a black, late-18th century fireplace mantel is paired with a modern table and lighting, but the combination works.

The kitchen counter tops are a gray, black and white granite mix that blends with the colors in the dining room.

The screened-in front porch is converted to another living space with thermal glass and comfortable chairs.

Fritz, who recently retired from teaching fifth grade, said her new role as bed and breakfast manager appeals to her love of cooking and hospitality, and she's excited to be able to showcase her new home to the public.

For the tour, Fritz will be decorating for fall.

Other stops on the tour include:

-- Stan and Carolyn Logterman, 12257 Wilmington Way, Geneva National, Lake Geneva. The Logtermans have decorated their home with Christmas and winter collections.

The home, which overlooks fairway four of the Geneva National Golf Club, was completed in 2012 and features a theater room, wet bar and billiards area along with a kitchen with a large island for gatherings.

-- Mike and Vickie Tapavica, 98 Dartmouth Road, Williams Bay. The Tapavicas have decorated for Christmas. The log home is on a partially wooded lot and features a three-story fireplace. The foyer includes a glass wall that was salvaged from the Lake Geneva Post Office prior to remodeling. 

The home features five decorated trees.

-- Patrick and Courtney Peyer, 483 Chasefield Court, Williams Bay. The Peyers are decorating their home for Halloween. The traditional colonial home has a view of the Yerkes Observatory. The four-bedroom house is filled with children's artwork, and the backyard features a pergola, built-in fireplace and pool.

-- Doug and Debbie Cox, 311 E. Wisconsin St., Delavan. The Coxes decorated their home for fall.

The 100-year-old home features the original woodwork and a two-story, carriage-house garage.

The home has undergone many renovations and now features contemporary decorating while retaining historic touches.

-- Comfort Suites, 313 Bauer Parkway, Delavan. The hotel will be decorated for Christmas. Tour participants can stop by for cider, cookies and gifts bags. 

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