PAST hosts annual Historic Home Tour this weekend

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The beautiful architectural legacy of the Parlor City will be on display this weekend as the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier, or PAST, hosts its annual Historic Home Tour.

Among the five stops will be the home of Rick and Jackie Sands on Matthews Street in Binghamton.

The circa 1900, Victorian front-gabled shingle house has a number of interesting features including ornate chestnut woodwork along the staircase and leaded glass around the entrance.

There's also a working fireplace surrounded by Italian marble and ionic columns and an upstairs office that boasts a coffered ceiling, original canvas wall coverings, and built-in bookshelves.

"Binghamton has so much to offer. And PAST has done a great job of making people aware of what's here so that we all can enjoy it. We're not proud homeowners, we're just sort of caretakers until somebody else comes along and wants to continue having a little piece of history in Binghamton," said Sands.

Lorna Steigerwald coordinates the tour.

She lives near the Sands and asked them to open their home to the public.

"Our area is a treasure trove of beautiful historic homes, as well as buildings. There are still many buildings that still exist in our area and are certainly worth preserving," said Steigerwald.

There are three other Victorian-era homes and one mid-Century house from 1947 on the tour, all located on Binghamton's Westside.

The tour runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

Cost is $30, $25 PAST members.

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