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House Tour Breaks Records

Plus, there was the house everyone was dying to see. You know the one — the gigantic bluestone at the northeast corner of Monument Avenue and the Boulevard, formerly an unofficial dog park. It's the new home of developer Bill Jefferson and his wife, Leslie.

"It was definitely our trophy house, and it helped get traffic in," says Moss, a real estate agent with Small and Associates. People lined up outside the mansion nearly an hour before the tour started, he says.

But as much as visitors were struck by the impeccable interior, Moss says, they were also impressed with homier items, especially ones that hung by the chimney. "They were fascinated by the stockings she had by the fireplace," he says, recalling Leslie Jefferson's ornate Neiman Marcus stockings that were three to four feet long.

The house tour featured a dozen Fan residences. An estimated 2,400 people paid $25 in advance or $30 at the door to see inside the homes. Proceeds will pay for the Fan District Association's neighborhood efforts in 2005, Moss says, including tree planting.

Past projects initiated by the civic association have included alley cleanups, Fan park maintenance, graffiti removal, and programs at Fox Elementary and Binford Middle schools. — Brandon Walters

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