2018 Decorators’ Show House and Gardens Tours – April 28 through May 13

The Wainwright–Cochran House
4140 North Illinois St. 2018
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays

Each year volunteer members of St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild identify a striking Midtown home to refurbish inside and out, relying on the donated skills and expertise of local interior and landscape designers. The results of the makeover are celebrated when the doors and grounds are opened to the public for tours. Proceeds from ticket sales to the 57th annual event are earmarked for Eskenazi Health’s Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation, serving those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and other brain-related issues.

According to St. Margaret’s Guild, this year’s show house—the Wainwright–Cochran House in Butler-Tarkington—is a two-story, 7,113-square-foot residence with a basement and attached garage that was built in 1925 by Guy Alwyn Wainright, an executive with the Diamond Chain Company. Architects Willard Osier and Lee Burns designed the Tudor Revival structure. Donald Jameson Acheson and Clare Fox Acheson are the current owners.

After the tour, visit retail shops in the show house for gifts, clothing, and flowers. In partnership with the Illinois Street Food Emporium, Maggie’s Cafe features a light lunch menu and signature pastries from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to the home tours, an opening night gala is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Ivy Tech Ballroom, 2820 N. Meridian St. More details and tickets for all events are available here.

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