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Warm Springs Holiday Home Tour

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Have you ever wondered what that huge Tudor mansion on Warm Springs Avenue is like on the inside? What about that adorable Craftsman-style cottage? Now you can check them out for yourself and do the community a solid at the same time. Originally the gorgeous homes that line the historic street belonged to the owners of the water line that pumped the naturally hot water from Kelly Hot Springs east of Table Rock into the heart of the city. In fact, those homes were among the first in the world to go geothermal.

There's your history lesson, now let's get to the good stuff--actually getting inside. For starters, purchase a ticket at the Children's Home Society for $25. If you're a card-carrying member of Preservation Idaho or if you bring three cans of food to donate to the Idaho Food Bank you'll get a $5 break on the ticket price.

Your cash will get you a map showing which homes are open to visitors. Proceeds from the event benefit the Historic Lighting Project, which has plans to make the Warm Springs Historic District a well-lit and safe place.