Heights home and garden tour celebrates 40 years

This home is one ofseven on this year's Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour. Photo courtesy HCC.

“After 40 Years . . . There’s Still No Place Like Home” is the theme of this year’s 40th anniversary Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, noon to 6 p.m.

The night before the tour, Height Community Congress” (HCC) traditional preview party is planned for Saturday evening, Sept. 23, at the iconic Alcazar. 

It has been 40 years since HCC began showcasing Cleveland Heights homes to the community. Organizers believe there is no place like (one’s own) home, but also know that Heights residents love viewing neighbor’s homes and taking in the wide variety of architecture and wealth of creative styles that are unique to this community.

This year, tourgoers will visit:

  • A Tudor home filled with collected art and antiques, recently featured in the Plain Dealer
  • A Craftsman-style home, with original dark woodwork, a dreamy contemporary kitchen, and a slightly exotic atmosphere.
  • A renovated, now contemporary, bungalow, refurbished to be wheelchair accessible, with other disability needs in mind.
  • A traditional home with gorgeous antiques and artifacts, adjoined by a stunning garden.
  • A Colonial-style brick home featuring subtle, expertly done faux painting techniques throughout, along with various collections, and Lego creations.
  • A renovated historic Rockefeller home with a beautiful park-like backyard and patio.
  • A Forest Hill ranch home, recently remodeled, with contemporary features.
  • Two distinctive gardens—one that is quite small and utilizes recycled stone, and another that is more formal, featuring a pergola, patio and eating area.

In collaboration with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education, HCC will offer tourgoers the opportunity to view three special sections of the newly refigured and renovated Cleveland Heights High School, 2–4 p.m.

Also between 2 and 4 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will provide refreshments and a place to rest in the midst of the tour’s full schedule.

At the Sept. 23 preview party, guests will follow the yellow brick road to enter a giant green Land of Oz. The evening will begin with a visit to selected homes on Lolly the Trolley. After returning to the Alcazar, guests will enjoy beverages, dinner and entertainment. Three of the renovated apartments in the Alcazar will be open for viewing during the evening.

Several levels of sponsorship are offered to preview party attendees. For additional information on the preview party, or to order Sunday tour tickets, visit www.heightscongress.org, e-mail info@heightscongress.org, or call HCC’s office at 216-321-6775.

Heights Community Congress is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is an advocate of social justice, a monitor of fair housing practices and a facilitator for building strong diverse communities.

Susan Roberts

Susan Roberts is the Home Search Committee chair for the 2017 Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour.

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