Historic House Tourto benefit Hopewell library

The May 19 tour will consist of six homes, a business and several historic buildings.

   Stroll through Hopewell: Historic House Tour will be held on Sunday, May 19, from noon-5 p.m.
   Organized by the Friends of the Hopewell Public Library, the tour will consist of six homes and the Hopewell Museum.
   Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the library, Failte Coffeehouse and Shear Madness Hair Salon. To reserve tickets or for further information, call the Hopewell Public Library at 466-1625.
   One of the features of the tour is the home of Mary Fraser and Matthew Pauls at 100 W. Broad St.
   This 1930s house was built as the home and office of a dentist, Dr. Vaughn. His office entrance was the small door on the west end of the building, and he resided in the rest of the house with his family.
   The house continued to serve as a dentist’s office for Dr. Willson Baker, who ultimately sold it in 1933 to Ecco Press, an independent publishing company. Under the direction of Daniel Halpern, the publishing company was known for publishing poetry and literature, having had contracts with authors and poets of the time — including Paul Muldoon and Joyce Carol Oates.
   The company used the building exclusively as offices until it was sold in 1999. Over the ensuing two years, the house was renovated and converted back to a residence. The present owners purchased the home in December 2001. Along with the house, they acquired a selection of books — remnants of the building’s earlier days as the Ecco Press offices.