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Tour features Bexley homes and gardens
“Renovate, Restore, Renew!” is the theme of the 10 sites on the Bexley Women’s Club 2009 Bexley’s House & Garden Tour June 14.
The 10 sites announced include unique and beautifully remodeled homes along with some of the most beautiful gardens in Bexley.
Tickets are $20 on the day of the tour and may be purchased at Columbus School for Girls. Presale tickets may be purchased for $15 on the Bexley Women’s Club Web site at www.bexleywomen.org or at these Bexley businesses: First Bexley Bank, Christine’s Garden, and Bexley Stationers and Gifts. Proceeds from the Tour will support the Bexley Women’s Club scholarship program.
Kim Rogers, chair of the House and Garden Tour said, “These lovely homes have been carefully restored and remodeled by architects and designers who are outstanding in their field. Besides enjoying the beauty of these homes and gardens, we hope tour goers will be able to take away great ideas for their own homes and gardens.”
Bexley Women’s Club House and Garden Tour Sites 2009
80 N. Drexel Avenue
Home to the current President of The Ohio State University, Dr. Gordon E. Gee, this pre-1920’s home has undergone extensive renovations. Comfortable and inviting is the theme of the recent remodel, which provides tastefully furnished rooms designed for entertaining University alumni and friends, leaders from throughout Ohio and around the world, and outstanding students and faculty at receptions and overnight stays. The house is adorned with a combination of artwork from the University’s collection and Gee’s own pieces as well as a large collection of Ohio State memorabilia.
2416 Commonwealth Park N.
This lovely country home was built in 1908, the same year Bexley incorporated as a community. From 1990 to 2002 this was home to two Ohio State University Presidents, Dr. Gordon E. Gee and Dr. Brit Kirwan. The home has undergone several major renovations and additions over the years. The most recent addition to the home included an octagonal turret element, which contains a Study/Cigar Room.
2420 Maryland Avenue
This one-story brick ranch home was built in 1982 and was recently renovated by the current home owners. The renovation provided a more open floor plan to allow the current residents to entertain extended family and friends. The home features a beautiful secluded patio space, which includes a flowing fountain and containers filled with blooming flowers.
Heritage Garden at the Governor’s Residence, 358 N. Parkview Avenue
Former First Lady Hope Taft is planning to participate in several of the tours of the Governor’s Residence Heritage Garden, whose creation she spearheaded in 2001. The Heritage Garden highlights the five physiographic regions of the state.
The AIA award-winning design creates separate areas that in true Tudor fashion look very much like natural habitats. Included in the garden areas are a cranberry bog, sand dune, formal water garden, vegetable garden, woodland wildflower garden, and an English-style border garden filled with prairie plants.
445 N. Parkview Avenue
The gardens located at 445 North Parkview Avenue are a touchstone to Bexley’s past and an important and valuable example of modern gardening in the 21st century. The gardens feature 40-50 year old cutleaf Japanese maples, knot gardens, unique weeping hemlocks and a collection of over 450 roses.
168 S. Drexel Avenue
This 1918 home on a large corner lot has undergone a series of renovations. The rear yard features a pool surrounded by beautiful landscaping. It is the perfect place to relax on a warm summer afternoon.
164 S. Cassady Avenue
This 1927 home was recently renovated in 2003. This charming home features arched doorways, a turret roofed alcove entry, cherry cabinets and original hardwood floors.
330 S. Stanwood Road
This 1950s era home has been recently restored and renovated. Based on the current owners’ love of cooking and entertaining, the focal point of the renovation was the kitchen. The chef grade appliances are accented with an eclectic mix of materials and surfaces. A custom made, stainless steel round dining table completes the beautiful kitchen.
818 S. Montrose Avenue
The owners of this warm and inviting South Bexley home are continuously transforming both the interior and exterior spaces to reflect the owners expanding interests in literature, art and music. The garden takes its cues from the whims of nature and includes an impressive tiered bank of arborvitae, red twig dogwood, Annabelle hydrangeas, double knock out roses, day lilies and wood geraniums as well as a flourishing vegetable garden.
2361 Mound St.
This 1925 Craftsman Style House is now home to Capital University’s Alumni Relations Department. The home has been carefully restored and serves as a backdrop for a variety of Alumni events from receptions to Football Saturday parties.
Tour and Gala
Hours of the tour are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The Tour is open to the public. An invitation-only Garden Gala on June 13 will begin at The Ohio State University Residence, the home of Gordon Gee, President of OSU. Guests will privately tour these special Bexley places and afterward enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Capital University’s Campus Center. Tickets to the Gala Are $50 each. To request a ticket to the Gala or to volunteer for the tour, please visit the Bexley Women’s Club Web site at www.bexleywomen.org.
Proceeds from the event will support the efforts of the Bexley Women’s Club to provide scholarships to high school seniors who reside in Bexley and undergraduate students nationwide. Over the last 70 plus years, the BWC has supported more than 700 students with over $345,000 in scholarships.
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