The Gonzales Historic Homes Association Tour of Homes is held annually the frist weekend in December. Information about tickets for the 2015 Home Tour will be available soon.
The Tour is sponsored annually by the Gonzales Historic Homes Association, proceeds go to beautification and historic preservation projects.
Homes On Tour in 2014:
JB Kennard House - 621 Saint Louis St.
In early 1895, wholesale lumber businessman Kennard employed architect, J. Riely Gordon, to design this imposing Queen Anne residence. The two story home is constructed of cypress fish-tail shingles, longleaf pine clapboard siding with a high-pitched hip roof, gabled ells and a corner tower with an open arcade at the third story level. The tower has a tall six-sided pyramidal roof, part of which is copper. The decorative bands around the cupola are embossed metal and the mosaics are of glass pieces and cement. When business associates heard that James was building a house, they began sending him select pieces of wood from all over the United States to be used in the construction.
TN Matthews House - 820 Mitchell Street
This 1885 Victorian style house is constructed of Florida longleaf pine shipped in by water to the old port of Indianola, Texas, and hauled to Gonzales by ox teams. It was quite modern for its time, with fire escapes, lightning rods and indoor plumbing. Double doors on the first and second floors have decorated glass in the top half of each door.
GF Burgess House - 803 St. Lawrence Street
Beautiful Queen Anne style house was built in 1897 by George Farmer Burgess whose parents were from Holland. The house was restored in 2014 by the current owner. The house is the only home in this area designed by architect George Francis Barber. Burgess was a U.S. Congressman and a renowned orator.
OB Robertson House - 1520 St. Louis Street
This magnificent 1913 Greek Revival style home features elegant first floor rooms for gracious dining and entertaining. The staircase leads to a large second floor seating area and several large bedrooms which add to the beauty and comfort of the home.
WH Kokernot House - 723 Saint James Street
This gracious house was designed by San Antonio architect, James Phelps, and was completed in 1914. It served as the family home of Walter, Vergie, a daughter and four sons until they sold it in the 1940's. The Kokernots entertained frequently in the downstairs reception hall, living room, dining room and conservatory. Their daughter, Josephine, was married in the home. The main house has three stories, nine fireplaces, thirty rooms and sixty stairs from the basement to the "Penthouse". A two-car garage is situated at the rear of the lot and originally there were stables for three horses. The home is now the elegant St. James Bed and Breakfast.
Descriptions of all of the homes on tour can be found under the Tours tab on this site.
Other 2014 Winterfest Activities:
Santa Arrives - December 4th, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Snow activities for children and pictures with Santa, Hospital Outpatient Lobby, Gonzales Healthcare Systems
Parade of Lights - December 5th, 7:00 pm, Downtown Gonzales
Jingle Bell Fun Run - December 6, 8:00 am Visit https://www.facebook.com/GonzalesJingleBellRun for more information.
Santas Market - Arts, Crafts, Food, and Carolers, December 5th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, December 6th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Confederate Square Downtown Gonzales
Ice Skating Rink - Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Confederate Square Downtown Gonzales, $10 Admission, Proceeds to Benefit Gonzales Healthcare Systems
VFW Auxillary Chili and Stew Cook-Off - Saturday December 6th, Confederate Square Downtown Gonzales, Contact Dorothy Gast 254-931-5712
Stars in the Village - Gonzales Pioneer Village, December 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Free refreshments, cookies, wassial, campfire popcorn.
Historic Organ Concert by Paul Keith - Presbyterian Church, December 6th, 7:00 pm, 414 Saint Louis Street, Admission is free.
Episcopal Church of the Messiah
Old Jail Museum
Gonzales Memorial Musuem
State Assoc. of Pioneers Museum