Venice Architectural Tours - Saturday, April 26, 2014
Venice Garden and Home Tour - Saturday, May 3, 2014
Many thanks to all our volunteers and tour-goers for another great success!
The Venice Garden & Home Tour is an annual fundraiser benefiting the children of the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA) in Venice, CA. This self-guided walking tour showcases the unique homes and gardens of the creative Venice Beach community. We train our eye on different nooks and enclaves in the neighborhood each year, so no tour is ever the same. The 2014 tour focused on the secluded, charming Walk Streets east of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and the beach Walk Street neighborhood adjacent to the colorfully chaotic Venice boardwalk. Read more about it under Tour Information. You can also get a taste of tour history by browsing photos and articles for past tours.
It all started with a small stucco building. NYA needed a new home, so Jan Brilliot, Jay Griffith and Linda Lucks stepped up, creating the first Venice Garden Tour. It was truly grass roots, a fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants event, with Jay making selections as they walked with 20 guests, raising $1,200. With the help of that first tour, NYA secured a small stucco DWP building that was lifted off its foundation and transplanted to Pleasant View Avenue on property leased from LAUSD. NYA continues to use that building to this day.
With each year, the event – and the monies raised – has continued to grow. The tour has been critical in helping NYA provide after-school programs for low-income children and youth, giving them individualized academic support and comprehensive life skills development during the critical years of their lives.