Frequently Asked Questions

What is the F.Q. Story Historic Neighborhood?

The F.Q. Story Historic Neighborhood was named after the prestigous land-owner of the area in the 1900’s – Francis Quarles Story. The district boundary runs from McDowell Rd. south to Roosevelt St. and from Seventh Ave. west to Grand Ave. The Neighborhood consists of 602 homes that were constructed from the late 1920s through the late 1940s. A variety of architectural styles are featured, including Spanish Colonial Revival, English Tudor, Craftsman bungalows and Transitional Ranch.

How many homes will be on the tour?

The number of the homes on each years tour varies, but you can expect to see between 8 and 12 homes.  In addition to the homes themselves, many of the properties featured will include ancillary buildings, such as studios, guesthouses and workshops.

Where do I park?

You are able to park for free on any of the neighborhood streets.  Please remember normal traffic laws apply, so do not block driveways, fire hydrants, or any red painted curbs.  Please be respectful of the neighborhood.

Do I need a ticket?

To view the interior of the homes on tour, you must purchase a ticket. However, you’re free to roam the sidewalks and vendor areas without a ticket. Tickets can be purchased for $15 ($1 off with a non-perishable food donation) at 9th Avenue and Willetta St, on the day of the tour.  You may also purchase them online, beginning October 1st. Click here to take you to the ticket page.

How does the tour work?

Ticket holder will be given a booklet containing information about the neighborhood as well as each home on this years tour. Use your booklet to enter each of the homes on tour. Homes on tour will be identified on the front sidewalk with a tower of packages, that matched the number of the home in the booklet.  At the front door, a host will greet you, marking that you’ve entered the home, from there, you are free to proceed through the house at your leisure.

How many people will be there?

The Story Holiday Home Tour typically attracts a few thousand attendees over the course of the two days.

Will it be crowded and will there be lines to get into each home?

Even though every home on tour is numbered, you don’t have to visit the homes in any certain order. So if there is a line at one home, you can always go to the next one and then come back to the home that you skipped. All homes are within 5 – 7 blocks of each other, depending on the block

Why do homeowners put their homes on tour?

Every homeowner has their own reasoning, but for the most part homeowners of the F.Q. Story Neighborhood want to share the beauty, integrity and distinctiveness of their architectural heritage by opening their homes for you.

What types of food are available for purchase?

There will be a variety of food vendors on Sunday, everything from hot dogs, to tamales & Indian fry bread. The bakers of the neighborhood also bake an impressive collection of sweet surprises that are sold exclusively at our cookie house.  On Saturday a local coffee house sells coffee along with other warm drinks to visitors to the home tour.

What types of gifts are available for purchase?

There is jewelry, antiques, clothing, outdoor decorations and much, much more.

When/where can I see the luminarias?

On Saturday night, the entire street will be lined with beautiful luminarias.

When/where will the food and gift vendors be?

Food and gift vendors will be along the 900 block of the home tour street on Sunday only.

Are restrooms available?

Yes, we have several public restrooms for your convenience

If I prefer not to walk to each home, will transportation be available?

Even though all of homes are within a few blocks, on Sunday we do offer a free trolley that will be stopping near or at each of the homes on tour (With the exception of the homes that are on the 900 block which will only be open for foot traffic).

Can I take pictures inside the homes?

Although most homeowners do not have a problem with picture taking, we ask that before taking any pictures, you check with the individual homeowners or host.

Can I bring my pet?

Keep in mind that there will be many visitors on the day of the tour. If your pet is small and can be carried through the homes, that would be okay. Again we suggest discretion in this. You will see many visitors walking their pets on Sunday through the arts and crafts displays. Possibly have a friend stay with your pet while you are walking through the homes.

Can I bring my children?

Children are welcome as long as they stay with their parents. We ask that they are supervised while touring the homes. Children under the age of 10 are free, when they are accompanied by an adult. 

Are the homes wheelchair accessible?

Remember that most homes in Story were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s, some on crawl spaces. Hallways are narrow and rooms are smaller than homes being built today. Most homes can be accessed only by steps. Wheelchairs may not be able to maneuver in the homes.

Where do the proceeds go?

Proceeds from the Home Tour, the only fundraiser of the year, remain right here in the neighborhood.  Over the years funds have been used for a various number of items and causes, including; Our continuing efforts to install period street lighting; Supporting historic integrity; Hosting community events; Publishing our newsletter; Maintaining our website; Integrating our efforts with other historic neighborhoods and helping spread the word about the vitality of life in a historic community.  In recent years with budget cuts throughout the city, much of the proceeds have been used on neighborhood infrastructure and maintenance.

What if it rains (or snows)?

The Tour goes on rain or shine.