Worthington News

Village of Riverlea

Tour of Homes and Gardens slated July 14


Thirteen homes or gardens in the village of Riverlea will be open Sunday, July 14, for the 2013 Tour of Homes and Gardens, sponsored by the Worthington Historical Society.

This will be the largest tour in history and the first to feature art stops.

A majority of the homes were built in the early 1940s, though some are older, some newer.

The village's first house was built circa 1930, but a boom came in the post-war era of the 1950s and 1960s.

The village is west of High Street, between Riverglen and Southington. It is surrounded on all sides by the city of Worthington.

It features a variety of house styles, from small Cape Cods to stately English Tudors to expansive ranches along the Olentangy River. Many of the gardens are along the river, spread over 1-acre lots.

Artist Julie Ricketts will display her art and some of her students' pieces at her home on West Riverglen.

The art of the late Bill Arter will be displayed in his former home on Dover Court. He was best known for his Columbus Vignettes and Worthington Vignettes, which are books of sketches and articles about local landmarks.

For many years he wrote for The Columbus Dispatch, producing syndicated science features that appeared in 400 newspapers across the country.

Stops on the tour will be:

* 72 W. Riverglen, artwork.

* 155 W. Riverglen.

* 142 W. Riverglen.

* 322 W. Riverglen, three gardens.

* 301 W. Riverglen.

* 5812 Olentangy Blvd.

* 5757 Olentangy Blvd., garden only.

* 5693 Olentangy Blvd., garden only.

* 5697 Dover Court.

* 5803 Dover Court.

* 5825 Dover Court.

* 215 W. Southington.

* 5805 Crescent Court.

Hours are 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets are available at the Old Rectory, 50 W. New England Ave., and at Fritzy Jacobs, 635 High St., for $12. On the day of the tour, tickets will be sold on the oval on West Riverglen Drive for $15.