The Westwood Historical Society will present its fifth Westwood Home Tour on Sunday, April 25, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The self-guided tour of homes begins at Mercy High School, at the corner of Werk Road and Epworth Avenue.
“It is a chance to highlight one of Westwood’s best assets—its great variety of quality homes on tree-lined streets,” says Liz Kissel, president of the Westwood Historical Society. “It’s a great way to market Westwood both to people not familiar with the community as well as to Westwood residents who sometimes need to be reminded of the great neighborhood that we have.”
Many of the homes showcased in the tour were built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, at a time when Westwood was a quickly growing area, first as a village and then as a suburb of Cincinnati. The Westwood Historical Society has recently been involved in saving a particularly historic reminder of that period, the Gamble house on Werk Road, although that property will not be on this home tour.
During the tour, specific homes will be open for view. You must have a ticket for the tour, which lists each home on the tour and includes a map, to gain entry to the homes, but you may visit any or all of the homes in any order during tour hours. The homes that are featured are a diverse mix that reflects the neighborhood, from small and simple but classic designs to grand mansions. The Grace Lutheran Church, which was built in 1927, will also be open to tour participants.
Kissel says the home tour is a way to bring the community together as well as show the rest of the area some of Westwood’s best features. “We have lots of volunteers who have worked all of the tours,” Kissel says. “The Westwood Citizens on Patrol took it upon themselves the first year to clean up litter along Harrison Avenue the morning of the tour and they’ve done it for every tour since. Another group always helps to clean up around the Town Hall during the Great American Cleanup the weekend before to help put Westwood’s best foot forward.”
“And we’ve had great support from our sponsors,” Kissel notes. “They believe it is a great way to promote the community.” US Bank is the presenting sponsor of the 5th Westwood Home Tour, and each house on the tour is also sponsored by a neighborhood business or real estate agency.
Advance sale tickets are $10 at Henke Winery, 3077 Harrison Avenue, and at US Bank Westwood-Cheviot Office, 3168 Harrison Avenue. Tickets are $12 on the day of the tour and can be purchased at Mercy High School, where the tour begins. For more information about the tour, point your browser to the Westwood Historical Society’s Web site or call (513) 533-6760.