WALLA WALLA -- Eight remodeled kitchens in homes dating from the late 1800s through the 1990s will be featured when the Walla Walla Branch of American Association of University Women hosts its ninth annual Kitchen Tour fundraiser from noon-5 p.m. Oct. 2.
Raffle tickets may be purchased at selected homes for gift baskets stuffed with donations from local merchants and organizations.
Many of the older homes have been remodeled to reflect their historic character while creating efficient kitchens.
Doug Bickerstaff and Susan Bauer live in a 1940 bungalow. Its original cabinets and hardware have been updated with eye-catching color, efficient features and materials in keeping with the age of the home. The kitchen also affords a view of their garden.
Diana and Jay Broze own a historic 1920s home situated on a landscaped acre and remodeled to meld old with new. Their state-of-the-art appliances are incorporated into period-style cabinetry with variations that make it look like updates had been done over time.
Comfortable, streamlined and friendly, Nina Conn's 1990s traditional-contemporary home was remodeled to reflect her personal taste. Its kitchen incorporates efficient appliances and conveniences and uses the family heirloom dishes as color inspiration.
Dalia and Barlow Corkrum's remodeled 1908 home reflects its historic character. Its efficient kitchen offers two work triangles for cooking and entertaining. Though spacious, every nook and cranny is used cleverly for storage with no wasted space.
Judy and Ron Jamison remodeled their 1990s home to create a spacious, sophisticated kitchen design. It has an open floor plan, the ultimate in work space, storage and state-of-the art appliances and appointments. Hardwoods create a natural backdrop for spectacularly veined and colored granite.
Michelle Janning and Neal Christopherson reside in a 1930s home that proves it doesn't have to be big to be efficient. It uses every square inch for storage and incorporates natural materials such as a piece of salvaged local walnut for the counter tops.
Serving as their own architect, contractor, designer and decorator, homeowners Ty and Diane McEuen executed a do-it-yourself remodel. They transformed their 1960s kitchen into one of function and beauty with details such as heated floors, efficient storage and an inviting fireplace.
JoAnne Price's late-1800s home is a step back in time with its abundance of preserved original features. Its remodeled kitchen blends the home's character and historic nature with up-to-date appliances and conveniences. The kitchen reflects Price's personality and lifestyle and is a gathering place for guests to help cook and mingle.
The $20 tickets are available at Earthlight Books, 321 E. Main St., Bright's Candies & Gifts, 11 E. Main St., or Jacobi's Cafe, 416 N. Second Ave., on the day of the tour.
Participants may present their tickets at Jacobi's, between noon-2 p.m. for tour booklets and a map for this self-guided tour.
Proceeds benefit AAUW scholarships and local educational projects. For more details contact 509-525-1104 or 509-525-2166.