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Heights Heritage Tour on Sept. 21 to showcase ‘Art of the Home’

(Photographs by Frank Gerlak)


“It’s [the fun of the tour] being allowed to see inside homes we’ve driven by for years and wished we could press our noses against the windows,” said Bari Teamor, Cleveland Heights resident and long-time member of the committee that hosts the Heights Heritage Tour—Heights Community Congress’s (HCC’s) annual fundraiser. This year the tour is from noon to 6p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. The theme is: The Art of the Home and the self-guided tour features seven artistically-designed homes ranging from a 1924 classical English cottage, a 2005 Tudor-style townhouse on adaptively re-used property, to a 1954 dwelling presenting contemporary architecture and artworks. Ms. Teamor says the 1954 home is like a “mini MOCA”(Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art) that includes glass pieces by Dale Chihuly, its original dome-shaped skylight and windows surrounding the perimeter of the living area that draw nature into the home.

For those who want to start their design adventure early, the HCC hosts their annual Preview Party at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the College Club on Overlook Road. Party-goers get a sneak peek at three of the homes on Sunday’s tour via Lolley the Trolley plus a champagne toast at the home of noted architect Peter van Dijk and his wife Bobbi. The van Dijk’s home takes full advantage of this established suburb’s elevation. Perched on a hill overlooking the city, this post-modern home designed for two has windows that track the sun’s progress and views of the hillside’s green belt. Designed by Peter using American vernacular materials selected for their simplicity and functionality, this home will give empty nesters lots of ideas for their next chapter. Please note: only Preview Party attendees will visit the van Dijks’ home.

Afterwards, trolley riders return to the College Club for an evening of cocktails, substantial hors d’oeuvres, live music, dancing and an auction. Tickets for the Preview Party are limited and start at $150. All proceeds from the Preview Party and Heritage Tour support HCC’s mission of engaging in fair housing issues with an emphasis on building community through diversity awareness programming.

There are also three gardens on the tour. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. Ticket holders may take a break for refreshments at either Heights Arts or The Wine Spot on Lee Road from 2-4p.m.

Martha Goble, HCC’s executive director, says the reason this event remains so popular year after year is, “It’s a fun way to see homes and neighbors. It also provides an appreciation of the homeowners’ TLC for their houses.” And let’s be honest it, it’s exciting to collect new design and décor ideas by strolling through other people’s abodes.

Tickets for the Preview Party and the tour may be purchased on-line at or by calling 216.321.6775. Sunday tour-only tickets may be purchased at the following locations: AppleTree Books, Stone Oven, Zagara’s Marketplace, Bremec Garden Center on Cedar Road, Heinen’s on Green Road and Cleveland Heights City Hall.


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