Join the Westcott Center for Architecture + Design as we celebrate Springfield’s distinctive architecture and history this summer with our eleventh annual Summer Tour Series. The 2014 series totals sixteen tours, including walking, bicycle, youth, happy hour and members-only tours. Architects, curators, historians, and local professionals guide each tour. This year’s series starts Memorial Day Weekend and runs through early September. Ticket prices are listed with each tour. Westcott members receive discounts to most tours. Tickets are available online starting May 17 and at the Westcott House Museum Store, 1340 East High Street. Please be advised that many tours will sell out. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
 
 
Ferncliff Cemetery West • Walking Tour
Saturday, May 24 at 10 am • Guided by Ski Schanher
Ferncliff Cemetery, covering over 240 acres of rolling hills and pastoral landscape, was platted during the Civil War as Springfield’s new burial ground. Join us to hear the stories of the men and women who built Springfield and discover its history preserved in stone. This is our original tour of Ferncliff Cemetery, featuring the cemetery’s western section. Meet at the Ferncliff Cemetery Chapel, 501 West McCreight Avenue. Mobility 3. Tickets are $8 General, $5 Members, and $3 Students.
 
 
 
Architecture of Charles A. Cregar • Bicycle Tour
Saturday, June 7 at 10 am • Guided by Kevin Rose
Prolific local architect Charles Cregar left an indelible imprint on Springfield before his untimely death in 1896 at age thirty-nine. Numerous local landmarks are among his catalogue of works, including the City Building and Market (now Heritage Center), St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, and Third Presbyterian. Explore the amazing designs of Springfield’s preeminent Victorian architect. Meet outside the Heritage Center at 117 South Fountain Avenue on your bicycle. Mobility 3. Tickets are $10 General, $8 Members, and $5 Students.
 
 
 
Downtown Victorian • Happy Hour Tour
Wednesday, June 11 at 6 pm • Guided by Kevin Rose
At the end of the 19th century, local leaders understood that great architecture was part of their civic duty. With downtown as their canvas, architects painted a streetscape that exemplified Springfield’s past achievements and future aspirations, including Warder Library (1890), City Building and Market (1890), and Bushnell Building (1893). Tour through Springfield’s Golden Age of architecture. Meet outside the Heritage Center, 117 South Fountain Avenue. Mobility 1. Tickets are $10, which includes one drink at Mela Urban Bistro.
 
Eye Spy Springfield • Youth Tour
Saturday, June 21 at 10 am • Guided by Rita Lane
It’s a kids’ world, too! That is why we designed this interactive youth tour to connect children with the world around them. Join us as we discover the hidden details on several downtown landmarks, including the United States Post Office and the News and Sun Building. Adult accompaniment and participation are required. Geared for children ages 7-12. Meet behind Covenant Presbyterian Church at 201 North Limestone Street. Mobility 1. Free with advance registration!
Click here for tickets. Tickets are also available at the Westcott House Museum Store, 1340 East High Street
     
     

Mast Mansion• Members-Only Tour
Wednesday, June 25 at 6 pm • Guided by Kevin Rose
Local architect and builder Lon Krider designed the Mast Mansion, popularly known as Castle Knoll, for Phineas and Anna Mast in 1882. This masterpiece of craftsmanship, built with locally quarried limestone and over eighteen varieties of wood, took three years to construct. Join us as we explore the interior and exterior of one of Ohio’s great Victorian mansions. Meet at the Mast Mansion, 901 West High Street. Mobility 2. Free for members. Advance registration is required. A limited number of tickets are available.


Click here for tickets. Tickets are also available at the Westcott House Museum Store, 1340 East High Street
     
     
Ridgewood in the Country Club District • Walking Tour
Saturday, June 28 at 10 am • Guided by Elaine Morris Roberts
Platted in 1914, the picturesque Springfield neighborhood of Ridgewood was one of the first planned, upscale subdivisions in the United States. And its developer, Harry Kissell, was one of the twentieth century’s  biggest proponents of the “American Dream” of home ownership. Explore the neighborhood’s architectural gems and learn the fascinating story of this historic suburb. Meet at the corner of North Fountain Boulevard and Sunnyside Place. Tickets are $8 General, $5 Members, and $3 Students.
     
TOUR SOLD OUT - TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE TOUR    

   
Downtown Modern • Happy Hour Tour
Wednesday, July 9 at 6 pm • Guided by Marta Wojcik
In the 1960s and 1970s, a new vision for a vibrant downtown materialized through a series of structures that remain today as an enduring imprint of the modern era in Springfield. Join us as we examine the buildings that redefined the downtown experience, from the elegant minimalism of SOM’s Credit Life Tower to the sleek expressionism of Alfred Shaw’s Key Bank Building. Meet outside 1 South Limestone Street. Mobility 1. Tickets are $10, which includes one drink.
 
The Woods • Walking Tour
Saturday, July 12 at 10 am • Guided by Elaine Morris Roberts
In 1919, following the success of the original Ridgewood subdivision, Harry Kissell platted and developed “The Woods” behind the Pythian Home. With its winding streets and majestic old-growth trees, this new section, which locals call Brighton Woods, was Springfield’s residential place de luxe. Join us as we stroll past the grand homes in this scenic north-end neighborhood. Meet at the corner of North Fountain Boulevard and Sunnyside Place. Mobility 2. Tickets are $8 General, $5 Members, and $3 Students.
 
 
 
Gilded East High • Walking Tour
Saturday, July 19 at 10 am • Guided by Kevin Rose
With the success of the Champion Reaper in the late 19th century, Springfield led the nation in the production of farm machinery. These industrialists’ vast and often newly-acquired wealth manifested in opulent Gilded Age mansions along East High Street. Tour with us through this open museum of architecture and enterprise and discover the rich histories of Governor Bushnell, famed publisher W.W. Norton, and more. Meet outside 641 East High Street. Mobility 1. Tickets are $8 General, $5 Members, and $3 Students.
 
 
 
Jack Kline's Yellow Springs • Bicycle Tour
Saturday, July 26 at 10 am • Guided by Kevin Rose

Springfield architect Jack Kline held a lifelong affinity for Yellow Springs, which was reciprocated in numerous commissions. Among these, his modernist residential designs of the 1950s and 1960s, reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian architecture, helped shape the village’s avant-garde aesthetic. Join us on this bicycle tour as we examine the exteriors of some of Kline’s best mid-century designs. A stop at the Vernet Ecological Center completes the tour. Meet outside the Yellow Springs Visitor Center, 101 Dayton Street, on your bicycle. Mobility 3. Tickets are $10 General, $8 Members, and $5 Students.

 
Pre-Sale Tickets Sold Out - We have setup a second tour this summer on Saturday, September 13. Ticket information below.
 
 
Civic District • Happy Hour Tour
Wednesday, July 30 at 6 pm • Guided by Dick Flickinger
Springfield’s Civic District, a six block area originally surrounding the city’s central green, has always been a hub of civic activity. It also features amazing architecture from nationally known firms. Join us as we tour some of Springfield’s most impressive designs from the 1920s and 1930s, including Schultze and Weaver’s News-Sun Building, William K. Shilling’s U.S. Post Office, and George Savage’s Covenant Presbyterian Church. Meet outside 1 South Limestone Street. Mobility 1. Tickets are $10, which includes one drink at Seasons Bistro.
 
Perrin Woods North • Walking Tour
Saturday, August 2 at 10 am • Guided by Cindy Catanzaro
The W.R. Bush Improvement Company developed Perrin Woods on the southwest side as an attractive alternative to the growing north-end neighborhoods. Its rapid development was largely due to the use of popular pattern book home designs, which were constructed by local builders. Join us as we stroll through this 1920s subdivision, and then step back in time for an up-close look at the 1830s Perrin Homestead. Meet at the corner of Southern Parkway and West Parkwood Avenue. Mobility 2. Tickets are $8 General, $5 Members, and $3 Students.
 
 
 

College Hill North • Walking Tour
Saturday, August 9 at 10 am • Guided by Robin Inboden
By the early 1890s, North Fountain Avenue began to rival its south-end counterpart as the prestigious neighborhood for Springfield's upper middle class. Join us as we examine the architecture and history of this late-Victorian north end neighborhood. This tour features the areas east and northeast of Wittenberg University. Meet at the corner of North Fountain Avenue and West Ward Street. Mobility 2. Tickets are $8 General, $5 Members, and $3 Students.

 
 
 
Ridgewood East • Walking Tour
Saturday, August 23 at 10 am • Guided by John Blazer
While most of Ridgewood lies west of Fountain Boulevard, the two sections to the east have their own unique story to tell. Kensington Place appealed to the solidly middle and upper-middle class, whereas the section centered on Stratford Place enticed up-and-coming professionals. Join us as we explore each area’s unique appeal. A brief detour to the English Village on Kewbury completes the tour. Meet at the corner of North Fountain Boulevard and Englewood Road. Mobility 2. Tickets are $8 General, $5 Members, and $3 Students.
 
 
 
Demint Cemetery • Members-Only Tour
Wednesday, August 27 at 6 pm • Guided by Ski Schanher
In James Demint’s 1815 addition to the town of Springfield, he created its first official burying ground. This land, then just west of Mill Run, became the eternal resting place for Springfield’s earliest residents, including Demint himself. Join us as we walk this hallowed ground and hear the stories of Springfield pioneers, Revolutionary War soldiers, and a member of the Boston Tea Party. Mobility 2. Free for members. Advance registration is required. A limited number of tickets are available.
Click here for tickets. Tickets are also available at the Westcott House Museum Store, 1340 East High Street
     
     
Garden Acres by Mail • Walking Tour
Saturday, September 6 at 10 am • Guided by Cindy Catanzaro
The James-Bauer Realty Company platted Garden Acres in 1925, four years before the Great Depression crippled the housing market. Then a mile outside the city limits, this neighborhood was a model of suburban planning. While much of its original City Beautiful character has been lost, it remains home to Springfield’s largest collection of Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog houses. Join us as we explore this lost oasis of mail-order homes. Meet at 3600 East National Road. Mobility 2. Tickets are $8 General, $5 Members, and $3 Students.
 
 
 
Jack Kline's Yellow Springs • Bicycle Tour
Saturday, September 13 at 10 am • Guided by Kevin Rose

Springfield architect Jack Kline held a lifelong affinity for Yellow Springs, which was reciprocated in numerous commissions. Among these, his modernist residential designs of the 1950s and 1960s, reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian architecture, helped shape the village’s avant-garde aesthetic. Join us on this bicycle tour as we examine the exteriors of some of Kline’s best mid-century designs. A stop at the Vernet Ecological Center completes the tour. Meet outside the Yellow Springs Visitor Center, 101 Dayton Street, on your bicycle. Mobility 3. Tickets are $10 General, $8 Members, and $5 Students.