SUPERIOR — The 14th annual Home and Building Tour and Antique Show runs Saturday and Sunday, giving people a chance to peek inside some of the area’s unique houses and other structures.
The annual event is sponsored by the Superior Chamber of Commerce and offers a fun-filled chance to tour some of the area’s one-of-a-kind buildings and visit a free antique show at the recently restored Magma Club.
“The Home and Building Tour will showcase Superior’s unique, historic architecture, with highlights ranging from completely renovated homes and buildings that many would have bulldozed to a falling down motel that sat vacant and unloved for many years but has recently been converted to lovely single apartments,” a press release from the Superior Chamber of Commerce said.
The weekend also includes live music, guided hikes, a pancake breakfast, handmade pottery for sale from the Mexican village of Mata Ortiz and historian speakers who will bring the former mining town’s past to life, the press release said.
The home and building tour is self-guided. It begins at 9 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office at 165 W. Main St., and runs through 5 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Superior was founded in 1875. The town has “undergone an amazing resurgence in recent years that has included efforts to give new life to the town’s older buildings,” the press release said.
Included in the tour are some of the town’s older structures. One building featured is a home built in 1929 that features architectural details preserved, including the original doors with glass doorknobs, according to the press release.
“While visiting the homes on the tour, attendees may even glean some decorative inspiration for their own properties, as several of the current owners have added interesting features to the homes and yards,” the press release said.
One of the town’s few remaining adobe buildings is also on the tour.
The Alvy Building, a two-story structure built in 1930 that housed the Knights of Columbus meetings for many years, was recently renovated into apartments.
The original Superior High School will be a featured stop on the tour.
Recently purchased by the town of Superior, the building is slated to be renovated and turned into a multigenerational facility that will house town hall operations, wellness spaces such as dance room, gym and workout facility, the senior center and library, the press release said.
“The multigen facility also will house the Superior Enterprise Center, which will be a hub for job training and entrepreneurship development. The original Superior High School will become a hub for all things Superior, and this historic and important building will once again be accessible to the public,” the press release said.
The town will maintain the structure of the building, only slightly modifying some aspects to allow for accessibility and additional functionality.
Home tour attendees may stop at the Magma Club — a community center that once hosted dinners, dancing, swimming and boxing matches for Magma Mine workers — to visit a free antique show. The show will feature a selection of quality antiques for sale as well as live music on the club’s spacious veranda.
In addition to these intriguing buildings, the tour will feature captivating stories about Superior’s past told by professional historians, according to the press release.
A short play titled “Life on the Frontier” will be presented by Wyatt Earp, an acclaimed performer and relative of the legendary Wyatt Earp.
“Life on the Frontier” includes stories about Mattie Earp, the common-law wife of the elder Wyatt. Mattie is buried in Superior.
During the event, some lifelong Superior resident will share stories, folklore and interesting tidbits about the town and its history.
Guided hikes to the old tunnel are also available.
Through the village of Mata Ortiz in Mexico feature, visitors to the home tour will have a chance to visit with artists and potters who will display their wares and fire pieces in an open flame to demonstrate how the pottery is made, weather permitting, according to the press release.
“Each year, attendees of the Home and Building Tour enjoy learning about Superior’s fascinating history while observing how the town has been forging a unique new identity,” the press release said.
Attendees should bring a facial mask as some building owners may require them for entry. Call the Superior Chamber of Commerce at 520-689-0200 for more information.