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104 Harvard is a suburban oasis in Crescentwood by George Cibinel of Cibinel Architects Ltd.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting its 8th annual Home Tour tomorrow. The event is organized by the Volunteer Associates of the WAG and shines the spotlight on some of Winnipeg's most fabulous homes. All proceeds support the WAG and its mission to help people see and experience more through art.

"The 2014 Home Tour celebrates modern architecture, allowing us to highlight Winnipeg's thriving design community," wrote WAG director and CEO Dr. Stephen Borys in a recent press release. "Since its inception in 1948, the Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery have contributed thousands of dollars to support exhibitions, art scholarships, the purchase of works of art, and more. I thank those members who have worked hard to plan this exciting event, as well as the homeowners who have welcomed us into their houses."

The self-guided tours run Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and allows visitors access to five unique homes found in the Crescentwood, River Heights, and Tuxedo neighbourhoods. Renfrew House, located at 51 Renfrew Street and desgned by Peter Hargraves of Sputnik Architecture, carefully exhibits the lives of the homeowners in an open, airy environment. 59 Renfrew offers vast expanses of glass walls and windows that bring outside spaces into the home office of Dovide E. Secter of Secter Associates Limited.

315 Bower Boulevard, by Clayton Salkeld of Design-Built, flows seamlessly from interior to exterior. Further east, at 104 Harvard, is a suburban oasis in Crescentwood by George Cibinel of Cibinel Architects Ltd. The oldest home on the tour, located at 1 Palk Road, was designed in 1973 by John Patkau and Denis Jesson. The house was based on a desire to preserve more than a dozen mature Elm trees that existed on the property.

Tickets to see all the homes are $35. You can reserve online at wag.ca/hometour or in person at the WAG, McNally Robinson Booksellers, or blue hills design. A limited number of tickets will also be available for purchase at each home.

--Willy Williamson

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