Opening The Portal To The Past: Time Travel Through Lakewood On The House And Garden Tour

Built in 1937, this completely refurbished Colonial invites you to enjoy its lake views. 

Whoa. It’s September. How did that happen? Wish you could step back in time? Every two years the Lakewood Historical Society invites you to do just that during their “Come Home to Lakewood” House and Garden Tour, Sunday, September 9th from 1 to 5pm.

Nine of Lakewood’s most pristine examples of historic and diverse architecture have opened their doors for you to discover and explore how Lakewood looked and lived.

The featured homes, all of which were chosen by community nominations, were built between 1903 and 1954. While some have had recent additions and refinements, the owners have maintained their dwellings’ architectural integrity, making these residences and businesses true showcases of the past. Touring gives you a glimpse into history, where meticulous craftsmanship and quality materials were the building standards. Equally fascinating are the stories that will be shared about the home’s previous owners, some of whom were Lakewood’s most prominent citizens.

One of the houses was the work of famed architect Clarence Mack, widely known today for his high-end, single-family home designs in Lakewood, Rocky River and Shaker Heights during the 1920s. Lakefront Colonials, a Shingle-style Victorian and a Detroit Avenue Neoclassic Revival are also presented. The earliest construction, a 1903 Colonial Revival and a Mid-century Ranch bookend the tour. A special 2013 construction, aptly named the “Garage Mahal,” is an astounding transformation of a space from the place where you just park the car and dump the yard stuff into something that must be seen to be believed. This could be the garage of the future.

Don’t wait until Sunday to time travel. Start your Home Tour weekend at the Patron Party, Saturday, September 8th. The party will be hosted in three penthouse condominiums in the Richard Hilliard House, featuring sweeping vistas of Lakewood and beyond from the balconies. The condos are not on Sunday’s tour, so don’t miss your chance to tour this 1968 landmark as you enjoy fine food and beverages with friends. Tickets are $75 and include Sunday House Tour tickets.

Speaking of time, there’s no time like now to get your tickets for the September 9th event. “Come Home to Lakewood” House and Garden Tour tickets are $25 and available at and at the following retailers.  

Ticket Outlets for the 2018 "Come Home to Lakewood" Home Tour:


Beck Center for the Arts

17801 Detroit Ave.

Geiger’s Clothing and Sports

14710 Detroit Ave.

Paisley Monkey

14417 Detroit Ave.

Rozi’s Wine House

14900 Detroit Ave.

Around Town

Mitchell Sotka, Antiques

19071 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River

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Volume 14, Issue 17, Posted 4:23 PM, 09.04.2018