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Growing In Popularity, The 2018 Edgewater Home Tour Will Showcase West Andersonville

4 of the selected buildings on the tour

Getting an inside glimpse of Edgewater’s most historic structures is why the Home Tour was started back in 1989. Celebrating its 3oth anniversary, the 2018 event will give attendees this year a rare look into eight West Andersonville buildings.

The Edgewater Home Tour will take place this Sunday, September 16 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The selected locations will all be within the West Andersonville boundaries (Foster to Bryn Mawr and Ashland to Ravenswood).

One of the original founders of the event, Kathy Gemperle, is once again helping to organize the list of homes on the tour. She has watched the tour grow in popularity through the years and is looking forward to showcasing this year’s selected Edgewater neighborhood. In fact, her work with the Edgewater Home Tour through the years has earned her an award for historic preservation from the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).

“The Edgewater Home Tour is a teaching mechanism to help learn about the area’s history,” said Gemperle. “It’s all about what the past gave us. Each one of the tours is in a specific Edgewater community in order to give a sense of what it would be like to live there. Also, the people who participate get the best sense of community. We have introduced many neighbors who did not know each other before the event.”

According to Gemperle, people look forward to getting a look at some of Edgewater’s oldest homes and seeing not only the original interiors but also modern updates to rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms.

For instance, there is a home that was built in 1896 on Paulina that has been meticulously restored and another on the tour that is one of the area’s last surviving all-wooden structures. Also on the tour is the only location that is not residential, St. Gregory’s Church at 5545 N. Paulina. Here attendees will be able to view this medieval-style gem dating back to 1926.

Once you arrive at the selected home, a docent will give you a brief summary of the property’s exterior and key architectural features. Afterwards, participants will be directed inside the home where another docent will escort small groups while pointing out interior features and highlights.

Reservations are not required. Registration will take place at the Edgewater Historical Society Museum (5358 North Ashland) between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. The program cost $25 per person and each participant will receive a souvenir Tour Booklet containing a map of the neighborhood and descriptions of each home on the tour.

Because it is a walking tour, comfortable shoes are recommended.


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