West Side volunteers from three community organizations will present the inaugural Hilltop Home & Garden Tour, featuring the Westgate neighborhood, on Saturday, June 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. The tour will start at the Westgate Masonic Lodge, 2925 West Broad Street.
Sponsored by Friends of the Hilltop, Friends of Westgate Park and the Westgate Neighbors Association, the tour features architecture, home renovations, and garden design at 12 Westgate homes and/or gardens. Included in the tour are an organic vegetable garden and a photography studio.
These homes are on the tour:
- 38 Binns Blvd., a remodeled 1920s home with a rock garden created with pieces from the old Ohio Penitentiary.
- 351 Binns Blvd., an ornamental garden with papaw trees, and organic vegetable and flower gardens.
- 104 S. Roys Ave., a 1928 home featuring artwork inside and out, and a garden.
- 366 S. Roys Ave., garden featuring roses and a pond.
- 175 Powhatan Ave., with English-inspired beds in front and a variety of plants in the backyard.
- 2977 Palmetto St., a wood-frame house featuring original hardwood floors, a sunroom, and interior shutters.
- 3011 Palmetto St., a 1927 all-brick home featuring a front sunroom and an eclectic perennial garden.
- 144 S. Brinker Ave., a 1925 home with a blown-glass fountain and a backyard retreat.
- 286 S. Brinker Ave., an English country garden.
- 291 S. Brinker Ave., a remodeled 1936 stone house with original hardwood floors and cherry cabinets.
- 292 S. Brinker Ave., a 1940s home with two fireplaces, a stone-walled screened-in porch, and a landscaped backyard with a stone pond.
- 235 Letchworth Ave., landscape features a buckeye tree, painted Japanese fern, annuals, rosebushes, and more.
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Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour at the Masonic Lodge for $10, or $8 in advance at the following locations:
- Gearhart’s True Value Hardware, 2885 W. Broad St.
- Growing Solutions, 1040 Georgesville Road
- Haldeman Cleaners, 3117 W. Broad St.
- Tigertree, 771 N. High St.
- Wallpaper Outlet, 3770 W. Broad St.
- Westside Messenger, 3500 Sullivant Ave.
The tour is the first in a series of annual home and garden tours spotlighting the undiscovered neighborhoods of the Hilltop.
“We want to share the charm of our neighborhood with others and let people know that there is a lot to offer in the quality of the housing, its affordability and the creativity of its residents,” said Lisa Grazier, president of Friends of Westgate Park. “This is a great place to live and an interesting place to visit, with a wonderful city park and other unique points of interest.”
The neighborhood of Westgate is currently being discovered by young professionals looking for affordable and unique housing. It began in the 1920s on land that had been on the edge, or the west gate of Camp Chase, a Civil War Union installation and that became a prison housing Confederate soldiers during the war. More than 2,000 Confederates are buried at the federally operated Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery on Sullivant Avenue, at the southern edge of today’s Westgate neighborhood.
For more information on the tour, visit FriendsOfTheHilltop.com.