Natalia and Art Roca hadn’t even moved into their house before they agreed to be on the 59th annual German Village Haus und Garten Tour, slated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24.
Living in New Albany at the time, the Rocas were on the tail end of a reconstruction project on their cottage at 700 Mohawk St. in German Village.
Natalia Roca said she accepted the invitation because it gave the couple an incentive to finish the work, which took more than a year.
“It’s wonderful because we have a deadline, so we have to get it done,” she said. “And when it’s done, it’s done.”
The Rocas’ house is one of 13 stops on the tour. Tickets are $20 in advance at germanvillage.com or at the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. Tickets also are available for $18 at all central Ohio Giant Eagle locations. They can be purchased for $25 the day of the tour.
The Rocas, who have been living in their house for three months, added 250 square feet to the interior, which now includes a washer and dryer, bathroom and food pantry.
They knocked down walls, installed a wooden floor, transoms over doorways and a new kitchen decorated with mosaic tiles and featuring a wine refrigerator.
The open dining room and living room are appointed with modern paintings, books, curios and cozy furniture.
“I tried to be historically correct and period but still modern and fresh,” said Natalia Roca, who has a background in interior design.
Other highlights of the tour include St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, currently under renovation at 684 S. Third St., and Huntington Garden, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St.
Marie Logothetis, member of the host committee whose responsibility is round up houses and gardens for the tour, said residents usually are eager to join.
“People have been very gracious to accept the invitation to show off their homes,” Logothetis said.
The Haus und Garten Tour will live up to its theme, “Expect the Unexpected,” she said.
“It is a wonderful lineup,” she said. “I think what we’ve been able to capture this year is a mix of styles of homes, where we have cottages to large homes.
“It is going from modern to traditional to eclectic. I think there will be something for everyone this year.”
The annual PreTour event will be held Saturday, June 23. The cocktail party will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Schiller Park, followed by a preview of the properties and then a meal at one of 19 private dinner parties.
PreTour tickets are $175 each and cocktail-party-only tickets are $100 each. Tickets are available at germanvillage.com.
Participants must indicate their top four choices of dinner parties, because some might be sold out.
New this year is a Sunday brunch, to be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 24 in Schiller Park.
Katzinger’s Delicatessen, L.A. Catering and Two Caterers will provide a breakfast bar coupled with mimosa and bloody mary beverages for $15, which includes breakfast and one drink. Drinks alone will be $5 each.