House tours take place Saturday & Sunday from 11am until 5pm.
House Tours are the Jewel in the crown of the Old West End Festival. Each year, a grouping of homes is selected to open to the public. Homeowners graciously throw open their doors for Saturday and Sunday to share the unique architecture and history that makes up our Historic District.
$15 per person
$25 per couple
$10 per person (if purchased in advance)
$5 single house tour
Children 12 and under FREE
Donate 5 canned goods or 5 canned pet food goods at the Information Booths (by Art Fair at Woodruff/Parkwood and at the Arboretum at Robinwood/Delaware) and get your House Tour ticket for $10. Canned Goods will benefit “St. Paul’s United Methodist Church” and a local Pet Food Bank.
May 1 - May 31 only - advanced purchased price: $10.00 per person.
Black Kite Coffee, 2499 Collingwood 419-720-5820
Pumpernickel's Deli, 2489 Collingwood 419-244-2255
Key Bank, 3031 Collingwood (this branch only) 419-469-1611
Claro Coffee, 1801 Adams St. 419-241-4799
Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St. 419-241-1717
Resolute Bank, 3425 Briarfield Blvd., #100, Maumee 419-868-1750
Schmitt & Company, 6561 Angola Rd., Holland 419-930-5590
The 2017 Homes:
The Chesborough-Kramer Home
634 Acklin Ave.
Construction on this home began in 1895. Its architecture is referred to as shingle-style, an American architectural style of plain shingled surface instead of highly ornamental patterns. It also has Queen Ann-style elements. The home was built by Aaron Chesbrough, builder of many homes in the greater Toledo and southern Michigan area.
R.A. Bartley—Museum Place
1855 Collingwood Blvd.
This home was built in 1905 by Rudolph Bartley and designed by architect Thomas Huber. It is noted as Toledo’s only intact Chateau-style structure, with carved limestone exterior inspired by the French Renaissance. Its red-tile roof rises 65 feet above the ground at its peak.
During its 100-year history, the home was used as a funeral home for many years and later office space and apartments. Sadly, it had fallen into disrepair, but was recently acquired by the Art Museum and is in the process of repurposing itself again, with several unique and open floor plans. It illustrates the ability to blend old and new and exemplifies some of the many attractive rental options in the area.
2125 Robinwood Ave.
This home was built ca 1911-12 and was initially owned by Dr. Benjamin F. Anderson, an area dentist. The house is a Georgian revival, with 3 dormer windows across the front and a sunroom on the side in lieu of the wide porches of the time. The Georgian style is noted for its symmetry and proportion, with minimal exterior detail.
2107 Parkwood Ave.
This home was built in 1897 by Herman Brand. Herman Brand was the secretary of the Toledo White Lime Company. The home is a Queen Ann style home. Common elements of this style (reflected in the home) include an asymmetrical facade, wooden or slate roofs, and dominant front-facing gable.
First Congregational Church
2315 Collingwood Blvd.
The church was originally built in 1914, but was destroyed in 1929 by fire. The current structure was completed in 1931. Its architects were Mills, Rhines, Bellman and Nordhoff, a Toledo group. It is an Italian Renaissance-style building, notable for its dome, columns, and pediments. The church features Tiffany windows, dedicated by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1927.
Please note: Tours on Sunday for First Congregational Church begin at Noon (an hour later than the others).