As of Wednesday, more than 600 tour tickets have been sold. That’s compared to 60, in 2006, the last time the Friends of Roanoke Park, Neighbors Group hosted such a tour.
Lisa McElwee, chair of the event, said organizers saw a spike in sales last weekend after The Star ran a story about the tour featuring the master architect’s home along with the nearby Thomas Hart Benton’s home and studio and five other homes. The story received more than 14,000 views.
“Our goal was to sell 400 tickets,” McElwee says.
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McElwee also expects many day-of sales — that’s what happened 11 years ago, when fewer advance tickets were sold than on the day of the tour. As of now, she doesn’t see the committee imposing a limit on the number of tickets sold.
“People are really excited to see all the homes,” she says. “The Frank Lloyd Wright is the obvious draw in this neighborhood, but people are coming for the whole package in a way. You can stroll the tree-lined streets and it’s a park-like setting.”
Friday is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Wright, whom the American Institute of Architects recognized as “the greatest American architect of all time” in 1991. Wright designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were built, during his 70-year career, including Community Christian Church near Country Club Plaza and The Bott House, which sits on a bluff north of Kansas City, overlooking the Missouri River.
The Roanoke Park Spring Home and Garden Tour runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The $25 tickets include a light refreshment; proceeds benefit the Roanoke Park neighborhood. Visit RoanokeHomeTour.com for more information.