Annual tour displays heritage and beauty of Cleveland Heights homes

This is one of six homes featured in the 32nd annual Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour, sponsored by Heights Community Congress. The tour runs from noon to 6 p.m., on Sept. 21, 2008.

photo by Stephen Cutri, Cutri Photo Arts

There’s a certain sense of adventure in exploring places that, while familiar, still retain a sense of mystery. These are the places that we've always wondered about, be they a building, a home, a forest or a field.

The 32nd annual Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour will reveal the stories behind some of the city's most interesting residences. The self-guided tour will be held on Sept. 21, from noon until 6 p.m. It is sponsored by the Heights Community Congress, a nonprofit organization dedicated to social justice, fair housing and building community.

This year's theme is “Back to the Future.” Six homes and three gardens are featured, along with the newly renovated Church of the Saviour at 2537 Lee Road.  Each stop is an example of the rich architectual diversity found in Cleveland Heights.

Participants must purchase a ticket to learn the tour locations. Each participant gets a souvenir book that includes a map, a description of each site, as well as information on its history. Souvenir books are also available at every stop.

Refreshments will be served at the Church of the Savior throughout the afternoon.

The weekend kicks off  on Saturday, Sept. 20, with a preview party at the Oakwood Country Club, 1516 Warrensville Center Road.  The evening's activities include a sneak peak of selected homes during the Candlelight Preview Tour, dining, dancing, and a silent auction. Music will be provided by Cleveland Heights’ own High Society. Brendan Ring, the owner of Nighttown and honorary chair of the tour, will serve as host. The festitivities start at 6 p.m. Dressy attire is required.

Tickets for the tour are $20 each, and can be bought at various locations in the Heights. Tickets for the preview party start at $75. Tickets for the tour and the preview party can also be purchased online at For group rates, call the Heights Community Congress office at 216-321-6775.

For more information on the Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour and Preview Party, please call Heights Community Congress or visit the organization's website. 

John Satola is president of the board of trustees of the Heights Community Congress.

Tour tickets can be purchased at the following locations: 

Appletree Books*
12419 Cedar Rd.

Borders Books & Music*
Severance Town Center
3466 Mayfield Rd.

Charlie Fabrics & Home Furnishings
2562 Noble Rd.

Cleveland Hts. City Hall
Community Relations Dept.
40 Severance Circle

Dewey’s Pizza*
2194 Lee Rd

Heights Community Congress
2163 Lee Rd.

Heights Garden Center*
13410 Cedar Rd.

Paysage International
3451 Fairmount Blvd.

2248 Lee Rd.

Stone Oven
2267 Lee Rd.

Vidstar Video*
1836½ Coventry Rd.

Zagara’s Marketplace*
1940 Lee Rd.

*Open on Sunday

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 7:23 AM, 08.29.2008