Homes and Gardens


The 2015 Westgate Home and Garden Tour, on June 13, will feature more than just nine traditional stops.  As guests enter this west Columbus neighborhood, they will immediately see why residents call Westgate “Unexpected.”

One homeowner will showcase their backyard urban homestead, complete with four chickens.

“This stop will dispel any preconceived notions you have about raising chickens in the city,” said tour co-chair Becca Rohner.

Another homeowner has converted his garage into a casual year-round living area, complete with a  kitchen and entertainment center.

“I think our guests will marvel at the way another homeowner has transformed her uninspired 1980s remodeled kitchen into a 1930s style kitchen complete with a working antique red and white stove.  Guests will immediately recall fond memories of time spent in their grandmother’s kitchen,” said  Rohner.

You can expect to find many unexpected, clever and personalized features in this year’s homes and gardens.

In addition to three house-with-garden stops, three house-only stops and two garden-only stops, this year’s tour also includes The West Gate Masonic Temple which was built in 1924.  This stately building sits on nearly two acres that was once the entrance to Camp Chase, a Civil War Confederate POW Camp.

The 2015 Westgate Home and Garden Tour takes place June 13 from 2 to 6 p.m., with registration at The West Gate Masonic Lodge, 2925 West Broad Street.  Advance tickets cost $10 and are available online at  and at the following locations: Haldeman Cleaners (3115 West Broad Street), and Gearhart’s True Value Hardware Store (2885 West Broad Street). On the day of the tour, tickets are $12 and can only be purchased at the registration tent.

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