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Patterson-Hauer Estate, transformed by local Designers and Landscapers, benefits the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association has selected The Patterson-Hauer Estate in Kettering as the site of Designers’ Show House & Gardens 2007. In its 28th year, the Designers’ Show House & Gardens event is the major DPVA fundraiser supporting the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and its music education and scholarship programs throughout the Miami Valley.
The Patterson-Hauer Estate will open its doors to the public on Sunday, May 6 for three weeks of tours, through Friday, May 25. Show House hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11-4; Thursday 11-8; and Sunday Noon-4. Show House will close on Mondays, except for Luncheon Teas on May 7, May 14, and May 21.

The Designers’ Show House & Gardens will feature a beautiful Craftsman House reflecting Swiss chalet influences in Kettering, constructed sometime after the turn of the 20th century for John H. Patterson’s cousin Lillian Evans. The John Charles Olmsted, landscape designer of New York City’s Central Park, archives contain drawings of this residence, listing the original architects as Hering and Fitch of N.Y. John Charles Olmsted may have done the original drawings, the plans put in place after the landscape architect’s death in 1920. Louis Lott, a local architect whose work appears in South Park and Oakwood, refined the plans. Patterson came to know Olmsted at Dartmouth College and brought him here to create a plan for green space around the city of Dayton. This plan includes what exists today as the River Bikeway, Kettering Field, Deeds Park, Triangle and Island Parks, Carillon, Hills and Dales Parks and the Montgomery Country Fairgrounds, among others. Patterson’s statue stands just around the corner at Hills and Dales Park.

Philharmonic patron and Dayton music businessman, Jerry Hauer and his family have owned the estate since 1967 and have graciously loaned this treasure to the DPVA. The Hauer family, including Jerry and wife Norma and their six children and grandchildren, recently celebrated the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. Julia Shaw Patterson Carnell, widow of Frank S. Patterson., once owned the Hauer’s piano, a Knabe jewel.

43 noted local interior and landscape designers will refresh and update interiors. Guests will hear the “sounds of music” performed by talented local musicians, as they tour the home and lush grounds as a delightful tribute to this great Dayton family.

Free Parking and Shuttle is available from NCR Sugar Camp Educational Center, 101 W. Shantz Avenue, East Lot. There will be no parking allowed around the Show House site, due to parking restrictions and courtesy to the neighborhood. Shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes, starting one hour before Show House hours. The estimated tour time is approximately 45 minutes.

The Designers’ Show House & Gardens 2007 again features two preview parties: a Bare Bones Party, Let’s start at the Very Beginning on March 25, 4-7 pm and Gala black-tie Dinner Dance, An Edelweiss Evening and house tour May 5, 5-11:30 pm. Other highlights include Our Favorite Things Boutique, Cuckoo Café, Special Events Presentations, and Monday’s Luncheon Teas.

WHIO Radio AM 1290 and FM 95.7 will be giving away the first tickets to the Show House on Monday, April 2, 2007. Ticket prices are $12 for Daily and $25 for Unlimited admission if purchased in advance at numerous locations in the Dayton area, including: AAA, Ashley’s Pastry Shop, Central Perc, Dorothy Lane Markets, Elder-Beerman, Hauer Music, select KeyBank Centers, The Little Exchange, Siebenthaler’s Garden Centers, Wasson Music and Wright-Patt Credit Union. Tickets are also available at www.dpva.org and at the door for $15. Tickets go on sale April 2, 2007.

This spacious and charming home and grounds will be available as a unique and elegant site for private social and business functions for groups of up to 100 guests. Contact Toni Donato Shade at 224-3521 ext. 134, for information on special events of various types daily including: Pine Club Burger Barbeque, Friday, May 18, 7:00 pm, Dayton History Day, Saturday, May 12, and Road Show in a Shoebox, Thursday, May 17. Certain special events require reservations and/or donations.