Join us on Saturday, May 20 for the second annual Beyond the Gates, an exclusive tour of some of our area’s most impressive backyards, gardens, pools, and views.
The day begins at 10 am with a reception with light refreshments in the Hardin Center’s courtyard. From there, take the tour in any order you choose.
Tickets are $20 per person and available at the Hardin Center. All funds raised go towards the programs and projects of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation.
This event will take place rain or shine. In the event of rain, certain tour stops might not be included.
The tour includes the outdoor spaces of Judy Bacon, Susan and Keith Coley, Craig Denney, Walter Duke, Gina and Steve Gilbert, and Karen and Jack Wheeler. The historic Gunn-Bellenger House will also be included on the tour. Judy Bacon will do a special presentation on roses in her garden at 2 pm.
Beyond the Gates is sponsored by Exchange Bank, Primax Mortgage, and Brian and Nila Holland / Corporate South Realty.
More information about the featured spaces:
Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts Courtyard, 501 Broad Street, Gadsden, AL 35901:
The Hardin Center’s courtyard features brick pavers, gas lanterns, the Basil Gilchrist memorial fountain, Venetian lights strung overhead, and beautiful trompe l’oeil murals painted by artists Steve Temple, Rob Johnston, and Mario Gallardo. Many of the improvements to the courtyard over the years have been funded by the Serendipity Dance Club. The courtyard is the venue for the annual Courtyard Concert Series each Friday and Saturday night, April through August. Local musicians perform free concerts and Courtyard Café provides food and beverage service.
Judy Bacon, 555 Reynolds Street, Gadsden, AL 35901
Susan and Keith Coley, 565 River Ridge Road, Gadsden, AL 35901
Craig Denney, 171 Azalea Drive, Gadsden, AL 35901
Walter Duke, 514 Turrentine Avenue, Gadsden, AL 35901
Gina and Steve Gilbert, 104 Bridle Ridge Road, Gadsden, AL 35901
Karen and Jack Wheeler, 171 Minnesota Bend Road, Gadsden, AL 35901
The Gunn-Bellenger House, 872 Chestnut Street, Gadsden, AL 35901:
Built in 1886 for Edward Tracy Hollingsworth, a prominent merchant and banker, this two-story Victorian-style house with mansard roof is one of the few surviving examples of late-nineteenth century architecture in Gadsden. In 1901 Dr. and Mrs. Charles L. Gunn purchased the property. It remained in that family until the death of their daughter, Carolyn Gunn Bellenger in 1990, who had bequeathed the house to the City of Gadsden. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 19, 1993. The house is now managed by the Hardin Center and is available to rent for weddings, parties, showers, receptions, reunions, and corporate events. Beyond the Gates tour-goers will be able to tour the interior of the house.