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News Release
Thursday, December 08, 2011

The W.H. Stark House Celebrates with Holiday Open House


ORANGE, Texas - The public is invited to The W.H. Stark House's Holiday Open House to take place on two evenings - December 13 and 15, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This event is free to the public and children accompanied by an adult are welcome. Non-perishable food items are being accepted as donations to Orange Christian Services. Entrance for the Holiday Open House is through The W.H. Stark Carriage House at 610 West Main Avenue, Orange, Texas.


Join us for two evenings of live music and complimentary first-floor tours of holiday decorations, along with cookies and punch reception served in the adjacent Carriage House, which serves as the entrance for this event. Seasonal décor on the first-floor will include one-of-a-kind, handmade ornaments on a Christmas tree in the Foyer and seasonal boughs and berries throughout the rooms. See a beautiful holiday tea table-setting using the Stark family American Brilliant Period cut glass punch bowl and the Gorham silver tea service in the dining room during the complimentary tours.


In the Music Room, holiday selections will be played throughout both nights. Ellen Rienstra will play on an original violin that belonged to Henry Jacob (H.J.) Lutcher Stark during his childhood. She will be accompanied by Ed Wilson on the 1910 Steinway Grand Piano and Jennifer Howland on flute.


"The W.H. Stark House invites everyone to enjoy the holiday season with a visit to the Holiday Open House on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This is our ninth year to host this event which has become a tradition in Orange community. It is a wonderful time to visit with family and friends and to enjoy the holiday season" says Patsy Herrington, Director of The W.H. Stark House.


In coordination with the Holiday Open House, Stark Museum of Art will host their annual Holiday Exhibit Celebration on December 13 and 15, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Located at 610 Main Avenue in Orange, Texas, The W.H. Stark House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 409.883.0871 or visit


Photo 1: Enjoy musical performances during the Holiday Open House at The W.H. Stark House on December 13 and 15, 2011.


Photo 2: See seasonal decor throughout the rooms of The W.H. Stark House while taking a complimentary tour during Holiday Open House.


Photo 3: Decorations such as original china and silver service will adorn the Dining Room during Holiday Open House at The W.H. Stark House.


About The W.H. Stark House: The W.H. Stark House is a Victorian landmark in Orange, Texas, which has been restored to its original splendor. The 14,000 square-foot home was completed in 1894 in Orange, Texas, by William Henry Stark and his wife, Miriam M. Lutcher Stark, prominent philanthropists who occupied the home until 1936. Designed in the Queen Anne architectural style, the house features a distinctive turret, stained glass windows, and ornate woodwork in cypress and long leaf yellow pine.


Today, the three-story structure stands much as it did at the turn of the 20th century, with fifteen rooms of original family furnishings, personal effects and decorative arts, including antique rugs, original textiles, silver, cut glass and antique porcelain. Also featured are The W.H. Stark family's impressive collections of American Brilliant Period cut glass, pressed and pattern glass, milk glass, porcelains, and other 18th and 19th century decorative accessories. The interior of both The W.H. Stark House and its adjacent Carriage House depicts the home life of The W.H. Starks in the early 1900s and provides an extraordinary statement of Texas' social history.


The W.H. Stark House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Record Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission. The W.H. Stark House is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private operating foundation, whose other programs include the Stark Museum of Art, the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

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