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Huning Highland home tour

This restored home on High Street SE will be featured on the Huning Highland Mother’s Day Tour. (Courtesy of Amberley Pyles)

Take a look at the interiors of several beautifully restored homes in the Huning Highland Historic District on Mother’s Day.

The Huning Highland Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour returns this year with new homes to discover. Homeowners participating in the tour will get to show off how they have restored significant homes in the district.

One such home is at 222 High St. SE, near Highland Park. The Victorian cottage was deemed a nuisance by neighbors.

“It that had been abandoned for years,” said Amberley Pyles, tour spokeswoman. “We couldn’t get in touch with the owner to see if he would want to sell it. There were issues with getting it sold. It was abandoned, and there were feral cats living in it and homeless people living in it, and one of our neighbors bought it and renovated it, and now it’s one of the most beautiful (homes). It’s really a showcase in the neighborhood, so it’s a cool one we like to highlight.”

Another home, at 315 Edith SE, is a new structure that was erected after the original house burned down about six years ago.

“It’s a really interesting mixture of almost, like, kind of like a Victorian style with the size of the windows and the pitch of the roof,” Pyles said. “But it’s also modern. The lot was vacant for a few years, and then our new neighbor came in and bought it, and he’s an electrical contractor, so he built this beautiful two-story attic in that style of the older homes with newer amenities, and it has stucco on the outside, and it has a more modern feel.”

The Huning Highland Historic District was developed by German immigrant Franz Huning beginning in 1880 when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway came to town. The district is bordered by Martin Luther King Avenue on the north, Interstate 25 on the east, Iron Avenue on the south, and Broadway on the west.

“It’s a very small neighborhood, and these people were coming on the railroad to work for the railroad, and they were coming from the East and Midwest, and they brought those ideas with them, and they didn’t know what a pueblo-style house was all about, so they built Victorians,” neighborhood historian Ann Carson said.

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