From the quirky to the classic and from the spacious to the cozy, a wide variety of downtown loft spaces will be opening their doors for this year's annual Holiday Loft Tour.
The 11 lofts on display include residences, office spaces, hotel rooms, a theater and a spacious CrossFit training space.
Tour takers will have to travel off the beaten path-or at least off the sidewalk-to get to the loft of recent Marietta transplants Judy and Brad Beck. The entrance to their 174 1/2 Front St. loft is located at the rear of the building. But once visitors find the back steps, they will not be disappointed, said Judy.
JASMINE ROGERS The Marietta Times
Glenn Newman and wife Karen VanCamp reminisce about the ornaments that adorn the couple’s Christmas Tree at their Front Street loft Tuesday. Their unique, spacious loft will be featured on Saturday’s Holiday Loft Tour.
"It's got very, very high ceilings and exposed brick walls. Other than the bedroom and bathroom, it's all open," she said.
Just down the street, Glenn Newman and Karen VanCamp will be opening up the second- and third-floor loft spaces above The Gallery, their business at 220 Front St.
Newman and VanCamp have been showing their loft for as long as they've lived there-approximately a decade now, said Newman.
If you go
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets can be purchased at Marietta Main Street at 132 Putnam St. between 4:30 and 7 p.m.
Above FOUND Antiques, 113 Maple St.
Above Country Quilts, 130 A Maple St.
Above Coca-Cola Museum, 109 Maple St.
Hackett Hotel, 203 Second St.
Fields, Dehmlow, & Vessels LLC, 309 Second St.
Piercing CrossFit, 206 Putnam St.
Peoples Bank Theatre, 226 Putnam St.
Above Over the Moon Pub & Pizza, 170 Front St.
Bricker & Eckler LLP, 258 Front St.
Brad and Judy Beck residence, 174 1/2 Front St.
Glenn Newman and Karen VanCamp residence, 220 Front St.
"We actually bought the building because we went on a loft tour and saw it," he recalled.
Opening the doors to their home so others can experience the building's rich history and striking design has been a blessing over the years, said Newman.
"I will tell you what most people tell me 'I did not have any idea something like this existed in Marietta.' People are overwhelmed with it," he said.
Newman is quick to give tour guests rich historical facts about the building. For example, the master bedroom used to serve as a tobacco drying room when a cigar business was located below. And at one point the building manufactured buttons from the pearls of Muskingum River mussels.
Two law firms are joining the loft tour for the first time this year: Bricker & Eckler LLP at 258 Front St. and Fields, Dehmlow & Vessels LLC at 309 Second St.
Fields, Dehmlow & Vessels have been continually renovating the building since starting the practice there six and a half years ago, said office manager Debbie Weihl.
"We're done with renovations and it's beautiful," she said.
The building itself is steeped in architectural tradition, said partner Jonathan Dehmlow.
"It was designed by Nahum Ward and this was his office building. His home was adjacent to this building," he said.
Ward was a well-known Marietta philanthropist who commissioned the building of the Unitarian Universalist Church at Third and Putnam streets.
Two Putnam Street lofts that participated in last year's tour will be offering up new experiences for visitors this year.
Peoples Bank Theatre at 226 Putnam St. will again be opening the theater and the office space above. This year the theater will also be showcasing a piece of local art work on the stage, said Hunt Brawley, development director for the Hippodrome Colony Historical Theatre Association.
"The main thing we're doing for the loft tour this year is showing a sculpture work by REsolve Studios," he said.
Called "The Victorian Brain," the large sculpture was created by local artists Geoff Schenkel, Todd Morrow and Anthony Wilson and recently won the People's Choice Award at the Dairy Barn in Athens, said Brawley.
"It is a found object sculpture. It is large and kind of interactive. We thought it would be fun to get it on stage and showcase it as part of the loft tour," he said.
Piercing CrossFit at 206 Putnam St. will be giving visitors a glimpse of what happens inside the sprawling workout space during this year's tour, said owner and CrossFit trainer Brandon Pierce.
"People will be here doing CrossFit demonstrations during the tour probably every half hour or so. Mainly the goal is to let people see what CrossFit is," he said.
Unlike a typical gymnasium, there is not much in the way of equipment or aerobic machines inside the 5,800 square foot open space.
"In CrossFit you are the machine," he explained.
Located on the third floor of the old Bonham's department stores, the space is open with large windows on both sides and lots of natural light, said Pierce.
"It has old columns in the center of the room which give it a old, regal look," he added.
In Harmar, the lofts above the Coca-Cola Museum and Country Quilts will be joining the loft above FOUND Antiques this year.
Also featured will be the special event space above Over the Moon Pizza Pub & Pizza and the rooms of the Hackett Hotel.
Lofts will be open Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets for the Holiday Loft Tour can be purchased for $10 at Marietta Main Street at 132 Putnam St. from 4:30 to 7 p.m.