Historic homes, gardens open up for West Central tour

Thousands attend West Central's Home and Garden Tour, including its Art Festival located at the intersection of Wayne and Union, as seen in this photo.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The annual West Central Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour wraps up Sunday. People can enjoy tours of gardens, historic homes and other buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

“We really love to show off our neighborhood. We really think we have the best neighborhood in town- of course we’re biased—but we have a lot of wonderful homes and we like opening them up and sharing them with the public,” Treasurer of the West Central Neighborhood Association Chris Ruckman said.

The neighborhood has put on the tour for 33 years now, which serves the primary fundraiser to help restore and rehab other homes. Ruckman explained that these older homes cannot be rebuilt.

“These homes were built in the late 1800s, early 1900s. The quality, the craftsmanship, the archatecutre, the detail- it’s prohibitively expensive now a days- so you don’t really have the quality of homes being built right now,” he said. “A lot of great homes are being built right now, but the diversity of homes and the details, it’s something we feel really strongly should be preserved.”

Ruckman said typically 2,000 people go through the walking home and garden tour each year.

There are 10 official tour stops, which are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be visited in any order. Tickets for the tour cost $15 and can be purchased at three different locations on the tour stop map.

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