Mansion Joins the 36th Annual Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour

Step back in time this holiday season. Spalding University’s historic Tompkins-Buchanan-Rankin Mansion will be one of six private residences included in the 36th annual Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour from noon to 6 p.m. on December 1 & 2.

The Mansion, which retains much of its original furnishings from the 1880s and was redecorated to its original design in the early 1980s, is a historical treasure hidden in the center of Spalding’s campus. Designed and built in Italiante style by architect Henry Whitestone, the Mansion features a hand-carved walnut stairway leading to a sizeable stained glass skylight, ornate fireplaces, Viennese etched glass doors and more. This holiday season, the central foyer showcases a 12-foot Christmas tree nestled next to the expansive stairwell, adorned with garland and lights.

“I am so excited about the Spalding mansion’s participation on the tour this year,” says alumna Madonna Wilson, chair of the home tour planning committee. “The mansion is truly a treasure in our community and in pristine condition.  It is not often that tour goers are able to tour a home that is on the National Register of Historic Places.”

Home tour tickets are available for purchase for $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. This includes admission to the Woman’s Club, Frazier House, Presentation Academy School, Treyton Oak Towers as well as the Tompkins-Buchanan-Rankin Mansion. For more information, please call 502.635.5244 or visit

The Mansion is also open to the public, free of charge, for self-guided tours Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.