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The home and gardens of Liz and Tom Thorington in Brookhaven is one of the homes featured in Christ the King School’s 2013 Tour of homes.Photo provided by Christ the King School, Atlanta
The home and gardens of Liz and Tom Thorington in Brookhaven is one of the homes featured in Christ the King School’s 2013 Tour of homes.


Christ The King School Presents Annual Tour Of Homes

Published April 25, 2013

ATLANTA—Christ the King School presents its second annual Tour of Homes on Sunday,  April 28, from 1-5 p.m. This year’s tour, which includes three homes, celebrates the past, present and future of Christ the King School and presents a chance to peek at home styles that range from Colonial to Craftsman in historic Brookhaven.

The three homes selected are owned by a current CKS parent, a past parent and a parishioner of the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Samantha Minutelli, co-chair of the event, said, “When we were deciding on the houses for this year’s event, we thought it would be a great tribute to our 75-year heritage if we could connect the school and church somehow. We were very excited to find all three homeowners willing to participate in one location.”

“I think the homes we selected are all amazing but the gardens, pools and patios really make this year’s event a must-see,” added co-chair Jean Marie Bridges. “Once you step inside these homes you really see the personality of each homeowner and how important their family and faith really are.”

The home at 1142 East Club Lane is filled with interesting displays and an interior design driven by the homeowners’ collections. Owners Liz and Tom Thorington are past Christ the King School parents and still have on display items from their girls’ time at the school. Liz is an avid gardener and is proud to say she has planted every plant in her yard herself.

The home of Sharon and Bob Connelly, 4345 East Brookhaven Drive, is an entertainer’s dream home. The Connelly’s are both active parishioners at the Cathedral of Christ the King and have enjoyed entertaining at their classically influenced yet warm home for years. A stunning grand entrance sets the stage for what attendees will find inside.

At the home of current Christ the King School parents, Natalie and Jim Childs, 3910 Club Drive, almost every material used in the house has a purpose or a meaning. Family, tradition and heritage played an important part in how this home was designed and built.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (cash or check only for day-of sales). This is an adult only event. Guests can visit the homes and grounds in any order.

Attendees can pick up the tour program booklet at any one of the homes on the day of the tour. The program book serves as the admission ticket to each home and is a complete guide including maps and interesting background.

Christ the King School’s mission statement is to be a community uniting school, family and faith, and that is exactly what the 2013 Tour of Homes and Gardens brings to its attendees. The tour is presented by Leavitt Group Insurance, Haverty’s Furniture and Quikrete.

For information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit