Mattek home featured on Dec. 2 tour
Watertown’s 25th annual Holiday Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Watertown Main Street Program, is set for Dec. 2 from 1-5 p.m. and will feature five homes, including the residence of Jim and Sue Mattek, 600 S. Third St.
Built in 1889, the house was the home of Fred Miller, a successful Watertown grain merchant, for about 20 years. When the Matteks bought it in 1999 it had been vacant for several years. The couple lived in the parsonage at Trinity Lutheran Church for a year while they worked at renovating and restoring the home.
The home is an example of the Queen Anne style, with cream city brick, multiple gables and projections, and iron cresting on the mansard roofs above the bay areas. Porches with turned posts and spindles run alongside the front and back of the home.
The Matteks and their sons also did some major landscaping, including a paver patio, a berm with stream and upper and lower koi ponds, and perennial beds. The original carriage step inscribed with the Miller name has been incorporated into the landscaping. The Matteks feel the finest features of the house are its woodwork, stained glass and a flow for family living.
Traditional decorating is the theme for the holidays. The Matteks have always used a large live tree in their living room. One of the family’s treasured decorations is a nativity with hand-carved figures from the Holy Land, which was a wedding gift in 1978.
The Matteks have been empty nesters since their four children moved on and started their own families. Two-and-a-half years ago, the couple began using their home as an Airbnb location.
Other homes on the Parade of Homes tour will include the residences of Mike and Carmen Scher, N8917 Martins Way; MaryAnn Mueller, 908 Charles St.; Andrew and Robin Kaufmann, W2681 Rock River Paradise; and Pete Charles and Keri Klein, 119 N. Church St.
Tickets can be purchased at Piggly Wiggly, Tribeca GalleyCafé and Books, Hometown Pharmacy and Ace Hardware, all in Watertown. They can also be purchased at www.watertownmainstreet.org or at any of the featured homes on event day. Proceeds will go toward downtown beautification projects and this year’s chosen beneficiary, Food to Go and Grow.
A drop box will be located at the Klein house to collect items for Food to Go and Grow. Items needed include canned chicken, tuna or ham, creamy peanut butter, canned fruits or vegetables, cereal, granola bars, soups, canned pasta and monetary donations. A raffle will also be held at the Scher home the day of the tour.
Shoes will not be allowed in the homes. Bags to carry shoes will be provided. Attendees should wear socks or bring slippers to change into at each home.
Sponsors for this year’s tour are Keck Furniture; Carew Heating & A/C; Peirick’s Kitchen & Bath; Buss Electrical Contracting LLC; Town & Country Inspections LLC; Y’s Way Flooring; Shorewest Realtors-Tom Schultz; Set Apart Art; A Hair Off Main; Grandma Hearts Book Series by Dionne Kelm; Norwex by Sue Armstrong; A&S Plumbing Inc.; Marquardt Village; Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service; Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Shrier LLP; Katherine Holle House; Bennett Barn; and River Bend Resort.
For more information, call Autumn Carew at 285-8788.