Tour to feature home of Jimmy, Beverly Rafferty
The home of Beverly and James Rafferty on Second Street in Pass Christian looks like it has sat in its shady surroundings since it was built in 1921. Well, not quite. It had just turned 40 when it took a little trip.
The Raffertys' home is one of five featured in the Pass Christian Historical Society 2016 Tour of Homes & Tea from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Admission to the homes is $25 advance purchase, $30 at the door and $15 for children age 12 and under. Advance tickets are available from Historical Society members and at passhistory.org. Homes may be toured in any order. The Pass Christian Historical Society requests that no spike heels be worn.
The homes on the 2016 tour are:
-- 701 E. Scenic Drive, home of Carol and Burt Keenan. The recently-constructed house has seven glass-enclosed bays and echoes the Coast's old vernacular style.
-- 701 E. Scenic Drive's cottage, also owned by Carol and Burt Keenan, sitting behind their home. It dates to the 1840s and is believed to have been a tutor's quarters.
-- 715 E. Scenic Drive, home of Margaret and Cliffe
Laborde. This the only surviving antebellum brick home in the Pass, according to the Historical Society. It was constructed in the late 1840s.
-- 723 E. Scenic Drive, home of Bridget and Robert Bories. The home evokes a Southern Colonial style.
-- 722 E. Second St., home of Beverly and James Rafferty.
The Raffertys' home has an unexpected connection to the house that once stood where the Borieses' home was built post-Katrina.
"This house used to be on Scenic, where the Borieses' house is now," Beverly Rafferty said. "The (William B.) Burkenroads had built it, but the Burkenroads' son's wife insisted it had to have air conditioning when they got it, but they couldn't figure out how to get it installed in that house."
In 1963, Dr. C.D. Taylor offered to buy the house from them.
The Burkenroads took him up on the offer, and for the price of the lot on Second Street, the amount charged to move the house and one whole dollar for the house itself, Taylor owned Burkedale, the house's original name, now known as Wild Life Manor. It now sits directly behind its old site.
At some point the house did get air conditioning and some additions.
When the Raffertys bought the house in September 2014, it had stood vacant "for at least two years."
Old carpet was ripped out, rotten floors and stucco were repaired and more changes came to bring the house back to life for a busy family of four. Beverly herself has done a good deal of the work.
"It was a mess," she said with a smile.
In the once-curtainless house, she added window treatments from another house that serendipitously work perfectly in their new rooms.
The seven-bedroom house has a charming sunroom (Lily Pulitzer would approve) just off the dining room, a family room with rich dark wainscoting and a stained glass window and an attractive pool and patio.
The kitchen features a pressed copper ceiling and a mural painted for the previous owners by John D. McDonald.
An upstairs bedroom has soft lavender walls, courtesy of a neighbor. Beverly admired the color of a nearby house, and its owners asked her if she would like some leftover paint.
"I said, 'Of course I want some paint!'" she said, laughing. "So now I have 'The Purple Room.' And of course, I had to put Mardi Gras things in here."