The Portland Symphony Orchestra proudly presents Designers' Show House 2007
The Oakley Estate is the Portland Symphony Orchestra's twelfth Designers' ShowHouse. This year's slate of designers promises to amaze and capture your imagination as they turn an early twentieth-century house in need of updating into a fresh, comfortable home with cutting-edge design. The concept behind a ShowHouse is to show visitors different ways a house can take shape: a new concept for a room, different colors used in interesting ways, and a marvelous sense of style. Each of our designers brings a unique talent and viewpoint to this project.
The Oakley Estate has more than six thousand square feet of magnificent living space. It boasts more than fourteen rooms, six baths, and a terrace leading out to the pool. Situated on 4.2 acres, the landscape is a mix of perennials with a gentle slope leading to the water's edge on Mussel Cove. Views to the outside are simply beautiful, and the interior is no less impressive. Enjoy exploring the majestic grand staircase that leads upward to the plush master suite and well-appointed children's room. Downstairs will delight also! An African mahogany study greets you as well as an amazing kitchen.
In addition to touring the house itself, visitors will also have the opportunity to attend special events, such as a cooking demonstration, wine tasting, and a lunch and lecture with etiquette expert Dorothea Johnson. For those who are avid gardeners, the Oakley Estate gardens are being completely redone, and we encourage you to visit them after your tour of the house.
The Oakley Estate's completion date of 1927 makes it very close to the date of the inception of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Like the orchestra, this home has had a long and warm history in the community. We hope you take the opportunity to come to the ShowHouse and visit this Falmouth Foreside landmark. We look forward to seeing all of you at this extraordinary event. Download Show House 2007
-Harper Lee Collins
Chair ShowHouse 2007
Show House hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Closed Monday. We regret that infants and children under age ten are not permitted.
Advance sale tickets will be available through September 8 for $15. Contact PortTix at 207-842-0800 or visit the Portland Symphony's Web site at www.portlandsymphony.com for tickets and a list of satellite ticket locations. For groups, every tenth ticket is free. Beginning September 9, tickets will only be available at the door: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, age sixty-five and over.
The purchase of patron tickets includes unlimited admission to the ShowHouse, admission to the Gala Preview Party on Saturday, September 8, and admission to all ShowHouse special events. Patron tickets are offered at $150 each or $250 per couple. Reserve tickets by calling the PSO at 207-773-6128, ext. 309.
How to get there
The Show House 2007 is located at 113 Foreside Road, Falmouth.
Driving North: Take the Maine Turnpike (Interstate 95) toward Portland to Exit 44, I-295. Merge onto I-295 North and continue to Exit 9, Falmouth Foreside. Travel straight on Route 1 toward Falmouth Foreside. Continue straight until Route 1 merges with Route 88. Merge to the right onto Route 88. Travel approximately one mile. The ShowHouse 2007, at 113 Foreside Road, will be on the right.
Driving South: Take the Maine Turnpike (Interstate 95) to Exit 103, onto I-295. Follow I-295 until Exit 10, Bucknam Road. Take a left onto Bucknam Road and then take a slight right onto Route 1. Follow Route 1 for less than a half-mile and turn left onto Depot Road. Follow Depot Road for less than a half-mile, where it connects with Foreside Road. Take a left onto Foreside. The ShowHouse 2007, at 113 Foreside Road, will be on the right.
A shop full of tempting treasures and Maine-made gifts awaits you at the end of your tour. Don't miss it! ShowHouse boutiques have established a reputation for a wide variety of attractive, unusual, and affordable items, and this year's boutique includes items in all price ranges.
Gala Preview Party
Join us in celebrating the transformation of the historic Oakley Estate into the 2007 Designers' ShowHouse. Those who attend this festive event will be the first to preview the living spaces that our gifted designers have created. In addition, attendees will meet Robert Moody, PSO music director, and mingle with the designers, artisans, and craftspeople who all contributed their talents. Enjoy specialty cocktails, performances by Portland Symphony musicians, and a culinary (and visual) feast from renowned caterer Aurora Provisions. The Gala Preview Party takes place Saturday, September 8, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $90 each or $170 per couple and can be reserved by calling the PSO office at 207-773-6128, ext. 309.