to a Retrospective of the Annual Heights Heritage Home Tour
Since 1977, thousands of people have spent a Sunday afternoon
in September inspecting, comparing, analyzing, critiquing, and generally
delighting in a variety of homes whose owners have graciously opened them
for the annual Heights Heritage Home Tour.
During the Tour, each participant is provided with a souvenir tour book
that includes a photograph and description of each house and usually some
details of its history. Because these books provide an ongoing record
of Cleveland Heights history, the Cleveland Heights Historical Society
has made their contents available via our website. These homes may be
displayed alphabetically by street name, by the tour year or by the build
or design year of the home. To view, simply select a display preference
in the Heights Heritage Tour Index panel to the right of this page and
select an address. The index will persist throughout this section.
Please note, most photos are clickable for access to a larger view.
Please note that if a house was on the Tour more than once, only one
description has been included. The year or years the house appeared on
the tour is shown at the top of each posting. Obvious typographical and
other errors have been corrected, but no attempt was made to standardize
the stylistic preferences of the many people who wrote the items. In recent
years, the tour book descriptions included a Look For section that
alerted the visitor to small details (usually interior). These have been
omitted here. The tours also included some commercial buildings, not all
of which are listed. Gardens were added in 1999. These, too, have been
omitted. For a full archival record of the tours, you may call the Heights
Community Congress office at 216.321.6775, where all of the tour books
can be viewed, along with other material relating to the tours.
The Heritage Tour is an important fund-raiser for the Heights
Community Congress, which was founded in 1972 to promote and
encourage integrated communities. The programs and activities of this
coalition of religious, civic, educational, neighborhood, and community
organizations serve as catalysts to stimulate citizen involvement and
to encourage shared problem-solving. The Heights Community Congress and
the Cleveland Heights Historical Society hope you enjoy your tour!