Spring Lake showcases eleven historic homes

The Spring Lake Historical Society hosted the annual Historical House Tour event on Thursday, June 7. PHOTO BY ALLISON PERRINE

SPRING LAKE — Eleven classic homes were toured by hundreds of visitors during the Spring Lake Historical Society’s 39th annual Historic Showcase House Tour on Thursday, June 7.

Proceeds from the $35 ticket price [$40 on tour day] benefit the historical society’s programs and activities at the museum throughout the year, as well as several scholarships.

At 401 St. Clair Ave., society member Linda Balis discussed why she loves volunteering for the event.

“It’s interesting because you get to appreciate the interiors that the people have in their home,” she said. “Even if it’s not your personal taste, there’s beauty in all of it.”

Ms. Balis, who lives in Wall Township, said, “You see a lot of recognizable people from town or you meet new people. It’s very nice.”

The house at 401 St. Clair Ave. was the ninth stop on the tour. It was built in 1915, according to homeowner Patricia Papovitch, and features a stucco exterior and subtle enhancements common to colonial revival architecture of the early 20th century.

The home was renovated over a nine-year period by Mastapeter Building Contractors, LLC, a three-generation family business that concentrates on historical renovations.

“All the walls are plaster and they’ve all been refurbished, no sheetrock,” said Michael Mastapeter, who worked on the house all nine years alongside his brother, Anthony.

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